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Man jailed for damaging property of ex-partner

A man who caused more than £3,000 worth of damage in a
A man who caused more than £3,000 worth of damage in a "frenzied" rampage of destruction on his ex-partner's property has been jailed for six months

By Nevin Farrell

A man who caused more than £3,000 worth of damage in a "frenzied" rampage of destruction on his ex-partner's property has been jailed for six months.

Tyrone McCormick (22), of Glenville Crescent, Cushendall, admitted causing criminal damage to an oven, TV, internal doors, furniture, light fittings and various other household items on February 3 this year.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson conceded it was "probably one of the worst criminal damage cases you will see in the magistrates court".

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday that police received a report of McCormick "smashing up" a dwelling and police found he was intoxicated with a trail of blood left around the property. The court was told the defendant did not have permission to enter.

The damage total was £3,148.

Mr Thompson said the defendant had a "drug and alcohol problem".

The lawyer said the defendant accepted he had "lost utter control of himself with alcohol".

The barrister said McCormick had "inflicted terrible damage" on his ex-partner's property.

After being handed pictures of the damage, Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said: "It's all the more shocking to see it in photographic form."

He said the pictures "reinforce the horror" the owner of the property must have felt in the wake of the "frenzied" attack by McCormick who had "lost control" of himself.

After being jailed for six months, bail was fixed to appeal the sentence.

The court heard McCormick is currently on remand in connection with an incident at a pub in Armoy in August.

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