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Man who banged on mother’s door whilst shouting and swearing jailed for three months

The defendant also told a neighbour who approached him that he was going to burn their house down

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A Portadown man who banged on the door of his mother’s house whilst shouting and swearing has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Court heard the 21-year-old also threatened to burn down a neighbour’s house when he was approached.

Malachy McCann, of Ballyoran Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and threats to damage property at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, where he appeared via videolink from Hydebank.

It was heard that on June 4, at 6.30pm, police received a report of a domestic disturbance in Churchill Park, Portadown.

The injured party stated that her son, the defendant, had come to her house kicking the door, shouting and swearing.

She asked him to leave but McCann continued to shout and swear whilst banging on the windows.

The defendant told a neighbour who approached him that he was going to burn their house down.

When police arrived at the scene they were unable to locate McCann.

The injured party later called police to say the defendant had returned but once more upon arrival McCann had fled.

On June 18, McCann returned once more to his mother’s house and on this occasion was arrested.

Defence barrister Joel Lindsay stated: “We are not seeking a pre-sentence report, Mr McCann has been in custody since the date of his arrest in June and has been unable to find a bail address.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “There is no point in ordering a pre-sentence report as it will only prolong sentencing and may even result in you serving two sentences.”

McCann was sentenced to three months in prison.

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