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Birthday boy who damaged window and mirror will have to wait until next month for sentence

As he appeared via videolink from Hydebank the district judge wished him a 'happy birthday'

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A Craigavon man who damaged a mirror and a window will spend his 20th birthday behind bars as he waits to be sentenced.

The district judge wished the man, who is in breach of a suspended sentence, a happy birthday as a pre-sentence report was ordered.

Conor Watt, of Garrymore, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage and resisting police at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The particulars outline that on July 24 the defendant damaged a window and a mirror.

As he appeared via videolink from Hydebank, District Judge Peter Magill commented: “Happy birthday Mr Watt.”

Defence barrister Ciara Ennis stated: “There are a number of difficulties, Mr Watt suffers from autism and is in breach of a suspended sentence he received earlier this year. I will be asking for a report.”

District Judge Magill ordered a presentence report saying: “Mr Watt, this is not an indication of how you will be sentenced but it is in your best interest to engage with probation.”

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear on September 13 for sentencing.

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