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Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard the 19-year-old went to his family home and smashed glass in the front door

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard the 19-year-old went to his family home and smashed glass in the front door

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard the 19-year-old went to his family home and smashed glass in the front door

A teenager who smashed his mother's front door window and then targeted his grandmother's home must not pester them for the next six months, a judge ordered today.

Reece Gillespie was also sentenced to 60 hours' community service for damaging their properties in north Belfast.

Prosecutors said the 19-year-old then became aggressive and broke the strap of a police officer's watch during his arrest.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard Gillespie went to his family home in the Westland area on January 5 this year and smashed glass in the front door.

He then walked to his grandmother's house nearby, damaging a rear door before leaving.

Police called to the scene located the defendant in a "dishevelled" state and arrested him following a brief pursuit.

"He sat down on the ground, refused to walk and became aggressive," a Crown lawyer said.

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In custody, a PSNI constable who had detained Gillespie realised that his watch was missing.

The officer returned to the area and found the timekeeper with the strap broken.

Gillespie, whose address was given as Ravarnet Walk in Lisburn, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage and resisting police.

A defence barrister acknowledged the distress suffered by his client's mother and grandmother.

"He's very apologetic and accepted these matters, notwithstanding that he really didn't have any recollection of what occurred," counsel said.

District Judge Anne Marshall was told Gillespie's family felt he "needed to learn a lesson".

Sentencing him to community service, she stressed: "It's just unacceptable, going round causing damage to your mother and grandmother's doors."

Judge Marshall also imposed a six-month restraining order to ensure no unwanted contact with either relative.

She told Gillespie: "You are not to intimidate, harass or pester them."


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