West Belfast man head-butted car in 'drunken act of vandalism'
A man head-butted and smashed the windscreen of a neighbour's car for no reason, a court has heard.
Gerard McConville, 40, ended up inflicting wounds on himself by what a judge described as an "act of drunken vandalism" in west Belfast.
McConville, with an address on the Falls Road, was given a 12-month conditional discharge after being convicted of criminal damage.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard a woman saw him head-butting the rear windscreen of her Hyundai i10 on November 14 last year.
She had to pay a £75 insurance excess towards the cost of repairing the smashed window.
According to defence solicitor Pearse MacDermott alcohol was to blame for his client's actions.
"This was a neighbour of his mother, and he basically has no recollection of doing this," the lawyer said.
"He head-butted the windscreen for no apparent reason and actually injured himself in the process - he sustained cuts to his head."
The court was told McConville made admissions at the scene.
Imposing the conditional discharge for one year, District Judge Paul Copeland warned him: "If you break the law and are convicted again in that period this act of drunken vandalism is going to be revisited."
McConville was also ordered to pay £75 compensation to the car's owner.
Belfast Telegraph Digital