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Man who threw roof slates from Newry hostel at police given suspended sentence

Prosecution told court that the Simon Community had provided an invoice for the damage which was valued at £3,346.80

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A man who threw roof slates from a Newry hostel at police, hitting three officers, has been sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years.

Court heard that the 38-year-old also hit the windscreen of a nearby car with a similar object, although no damage was caused.

Aaron Francis Taggart, of Central Promenade in Newcastle, appeared for sentencing on three counts of assault on police, disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and attempted criminal damage at Newry Magistrates’ Court, via videolink from his solicitor’s office.

Prosecution outlined that on March 25, at 5.30pm, police received a report of a male on the roof of the Simon Community Hostel on Bridge Street, Newry.

Officers arrived and spoke to staff who identified the male as this defendant.

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