A man who drove into his neighbour's truck after "seeing red" over the chopping down of a century-old tree has been ordered to complete 40 hours community service.
Eamon Twomey snapped after returning to his home on Belfast's Crumlin Road and finding the large perennial gone, his lawyer said. The 53-year-old joiner admitted charges of common assault and criminal damage to the victim's Volkswagen Amarok pick-up during the incident.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard that Twomey rang police last August to complain that a neighbour had cut down a tree on his property.
Prosecutors said the defendant subsequently drove his own car into the victim's Volkswagen, causing damage to both vehicles.
When Twomey was arrested he replied: "I just saw red because my tree was cut down."
After hearing details of the case District Judge Fiona Bagnall sentenced Twomey to the community service.