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Pub paint bomber avoids jail term

ALAN ERWIN

A drinker avoided jail for throwing 10 litres of paint over a popular Belfast bar after being denied entry.

Imposing a three-month suspended prison sentence on Gary Neill, a judge said he deserved credit for his work with alcohol addiction services.

The 42-year-old, of Wandsworth Crescent, Belfast, was convicted of criminal damage to the Botanic Inn. He emptied a paint pot over the front of the premises in March last year.

At the time he had no memory of the incident because he had taken so much drink.

Prosecutors said he later admitted the offence, which caused £480 worth of damage, after he was shown CCTV footage by police.

Defence lawyer Francine Quinn said Neill had engaged with Addiction NI and received a positive report.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall agreed that he deserved credit.

Sentencing Neill to three months in jail, suspended for 18 months, she warned: "If he comes back again he knows what's going to happen to him."

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