Virgin Media box arsonist could face jail, warns judge
A man who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a Virgin Media distribution box in an arson attack could be facing jail, a judge warned yesterday.
Andrew James Mulli was ordered to return to Belfast Magistrates' Court once the full cost of repairs to the installation in the east of the city is known. District Judge Peter Magill said: "You are in danger of going to prison."
The 22-year-old, of Tynan Drive in Newtownabbey, admitted charges of arson, disorderly behaviour and assault on police.
Prosecutors said a man was seen setting fire to a wheelie bin near a Co-op store in the Beersbridge Road area on August 10 last year.
Mulli was arrested and attempted to headbutt a police officer, the court heard.
When he was searched, two lighters were found.
A Crown lawyer said CCTV footage showed the defendant trying to set fire to the bin. She said damage was also caused to the CCTV camera, crates and metal cages belonging to the Co-op and the Virgin Media electrical distribution cabinet. Two black domestic wheelie bins were burnt out.
Adjourning sentencing, the judge told the defendant to come back to court in three weeks' time.
Mr Magill added: "I will make no promises what will happen."