Belfast Telegraph

Man with 380 convictions "howls at the moon" over past traumas

By Alan Erwin

A man with nearly 400 convictions who "howls at the moon" over past traumas must serve two years on probation for harassing a neighbour, a judge ordered today.

Gary Hoy, 51, subjected the woman to a tirade of abuse outside her home in east Belfast, prosecutors said.

At one stage in the hour-long ordeal he also shouted "Up the Union Jack"  before being arrested at the scene last month.

Hoy, of Belmont Avenue West, Belfast, pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour and harassment.

He also admitted other offences of assaults on a policeman and policewoman during separate incidents last December and earlier this month.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard that after kicking the female officer he apologised, stating he had been too drunk to remember what happened.

Defence lawyer Sean McCann described Hoy as having a checkered criminal history.

Taking issue with his assessment, District Judge Fiona Bagnall pointed out: "He's got 380 convictions."

The court was told Hoy is now assisting the Historical Enquiries Team, the specialist police unit set up to deal with unsolved crimes during the Troubles.

No further details were given on the case which has led to his co-operation.

But Mr McCann said: "He basically howls at the moon in relation to trauma and concerns he has about the past and feelings of injustice."

Judge Bagnall expressed sympathy for Hoy's situation.

However, she added: "Having said that, there can't be a continuous repetition of behaviour."

The judge imposed a two year probation order for the offences on condition that Hoy takes part in a alcohol and drug management programme.

He was also restrained from making any contact with the victim of his harassment or going near her home. ends

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