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Man fined for breaking CCTV camera at pub

The Lough Inn Enniskillen

A MAN who damaged a CCTV camera at an Enniskillen bar two years ago has avoided a conviction.
Mark Convey (39) of Main Street, Magheraveely had initially intended to contest the charge of criminal damage, but changed his plea to guilty at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday.
On Saturday August 13th last year police received a report of a CCTV camera had been damaged at the Lough Inn bar in Enniskillen in the early hours of Friday morning. CCTV footage showed two men damaging the camera, Convey and his co-accused, who had previously pleaded guilty to damaging it and was given community service.
When interviewed by police Convey denied damaging the camera.
Defence solicitor Gary Black said Convey had a “voluminous record” but it was for mostly driving matters.
With regard to this incident, Mr Black said Convey had been supporting his co-accused in doing the damage, and he’d been changed under the principle of joint enterprise. He said the pair had been truing to contact a friend who lived upstairs.
District Judge Trevor Browne said there had initially been a suspicion the pair had broken the camera to “cover up” something, but that had not turned out to be the case.
He noted Convey had a substantial criminal record, but noted he had appeared to have drawn a line under his offending and it was important to maintain that good progress.
Judge Browne gave Coney a conditional discharge of 12 months.


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