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West Belfast man head-butted car in 'drunken act of vandalism'

Gerard McConville was given a conditional discharge and fined (stock photo)
Gerard McConville was given a conditional discharge and fined (stock photo)

By Alan Erwin

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.

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