Jail for man who blasted out window with shotgun
A man who blasted out his cousin's first floor living room window with a shotgun has been jailed for two and a half years.
Ordering 25-year-old Patrick McKay to spend half his sentence in jail and half on supervised licence conditions at Belfast Crown Court, Judge David McFarland said while it was most likely an "act of bravado" on his part, firing a gun in public "is a very serious matter".
Earlier he had heard that McKay, his cousin Seana Rosbotham and her partner Eamon McCullagh had been at a party when there was a "trivial" altercation.
But after all three had left, a group of four men had gone to McKay's house at Glenveagh Drive in west Belfast.
Prosecuting lawyer Kate McKay said it was shortly after that when McKay, who had armed himself with a shotgun, blasted out the first floor window of Miss Rosbotham's flat at Lenadoon Avenue.
She went out to investigate and saw McKay standing across the street with what she thought was a bat but which transpired to be a shotgun.
McKay was arrested and later pleaded guilty to possessing the shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence and causing criminal damage to the window.
Defence QC Eilis McDermott said the trivial incident at the party then became "quite a nasty incident" at McKay's house after which the defendant "completely over-reacted".
Jailing McKay, Judge McFarland said it would have been plain to him that someone was present in the flat when he shot out the window but that he accepted he would not have known if there was anyone in the living room specifically when he acted "out of bravado".
Belfast Telegraph Digital