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Man who damaged door warned to engage with probation or face being sent to jail

The district judge said: 'He has already breached orders in the past. He has refused to attend with probation for not one appointment but two'

Armagh Magistrates Court

A Co. Armagh man has been warned that he must engage with probation or risk the imposition of suspended sentences.

The district judge stated of the 29-year-old: “He has already breached orders in the past. He has refused to attend with probation for not one appointment but two.”

Simon Gibson, Market Street, Lurgan appeared for sentencing on criminal damage at Armagh Magistrates’ Court.

The particulars are that the defendant damaged a door belonging to a female on September 14.

District Judge Paul Copeland commented that a pre-sentence report was not before the court despite being ordered on the last occasion.

Defence barrister Kevin O’Hare stated: “He instructs that he had been unable to meet with probation over the interim period and did not receive any letters.”

District Judge Copeland said: “He has already breached orders in the past. He has refused to attend with probation for not one appointment but two.

“These were in early December so this had nothing to do with the holidays.”

He warned Gibson: “You are going to go today to the probation office and make an appointment.

“If you do not engage then I will have to address suspended sentences and the like taking into account your non-engagement.”

Gibson was released on bail until February 2 for sentencing.

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