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Three years for man who attacked car with hammer

In Newry Crown Court, Judge Gordon Kerr alluded to a pre-sentence report where McKnight was described as having a high likelihood of reoffending (stock photo)
In Newry Crown Court, Judge Gordon Kerr alluded to a pre-sentence report where McKnight was described as having a high likelihood of reoffending (stock photo)

By Donal McMahon

A Banbridge man has been jailed for three years after he attacked a car with a hammer.

Dwayne McKnight (28) of Granville Gardens was jailed for threats to kill, criminal damage and common assault.

He will also pay £1,000 to the victim. Following a late guilty plea McKnight appeared in the dock for sentencing yesterday.

McKnight, who has a long history of violence, was arrested and charged following an incident on the Dromore Road in April 2018.

Following an ongoing feud involving his pregnant ex-partner and photos on social media, McKnight armed himself with a hammer and attacked a man's car that was parked at traffic lights.

In a vicious and prolonged attack McKnight began to threaten the driver that he would be killed.

The victim was able to escape by driving off from the scene after his window was smashed by an enraged McKnight.

In Newry Crown Court, Judge Gordon Kerr alluded to a pre-sentence report where McKnight was described as having a high likelihood of reoffending.

"There is no doubt that this is at the upper level," he said.

"You have previous convictions for violence including GBH and actual bodily harm as well as assault on police.

"There is some credit for your guilty plea and for signs of genuine remorse."

The judge noted McKnight "now has an 11-month old child which has given him incentive to change; I hope this is so".

Detectives from Lurgan welcomed the sentencing of McKnight who was also given a Violence Offences Prevention Order that will run for five years.

Chief Inspector Tate said: "This sentence shows that there are consequences for actions and we will prosecute for behaviour like this. McKnight will now spend three years in jail and we believe that this is justice for the victim."

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