AN EDERNEY woman who used a billhook to cause over £500 damage to a home has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Lena Moriarty (30) of Killycappy Road, Drumcose appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage.
Police had been called to a house in Enniskillen on February 5th last year at around 6.30pm after the person living in the house said their windows had been smashed. When officers arrived at the house they found all the downstairs windows had been broken.
The resident of the house told police that Moriarty had been at the house that morning shouting for her ex-partner.
That evening the resident then heard her outside again, this time shouting “bitch.”
Police viewed CCTV in the area and saw Moriarty causing the damage, which totalled £509.98, using a billhook.
Defence barrister Stephen Fitzpatrick said Moriarty, who he said had issues from childhood that she was dealing with, knew her actions had been entirely unacceptable and unwarranted. The barrister added the incident had been a exactly a year ago and there were now no difficulties between the parties.
He said Moriarty, who cares for her grandfather, had “entirely moved on” and this would hopefully be the last time she would be before the court.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said that while he would give Moriarty credit for her guilty plea and minimal record, he felt the custody threshold had been met.
He sentenced her to three months in prison, suspended for 19 months, and ordered her to pay £509.98 to the Housing Executive, who were the owners of the property.
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