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Man spent night hiding in attic from woman intruder

A MAN hid in his attic overnight after an Enniskillen woman came to his house, where she broke glass and a games console in the belief it belonged to someone else.
Catherine Bermingham (51) of Lisgoole Park, Drumgallan, appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage.
On October 7th, at approximately 5pm, the injured party called police to say Bermingham had been at his home the evening before. He said around 8.30pm the previous night he’d heard banging at his door and female voices outside. Frightened, he ran upstairs and hid in the atttic.
While hiding in the attic, the man heard glass breaking on a window downstairs and the women calling the name of a man who had previously been a tenant at the address. The court was told the previous tenant had been involved in an unrelated court case involving a member of Bermingham’s family.
The injured party told police he spent the night hiding in the attic, and when he came down the next day he found glass had been broken in the window, and his Xbox had been damaged and was outside the house.
Defence barrister Ciaran Roddy said the window which was damaged had already been broken.
Mr Roddy said Bermingham accepted, “in the cold light of day,” that her behaviour had been unacceptable and said she had cooperated with police. He added while there was no excuse for what had happened, the injured party had not been the intended target.
The barrister said Bermingham had gone to the house to remonstrate with another person, and when they weren’t there she damaged the Xbox.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan fined Bermingham a total of £300 and ordered her to pay £300 compensation for damaging the Xbox.
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