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Jail for man (22) over seven-hour rooftop drama

AN Enniskillen man who threw roof tiles onto Belmore Street during a seven and a half hour roof stand-off has been sentenced to 10 months in jail.
Mark Sheridan (22) of Ann Street, Enniskillen appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with driving while disqualified, using a vehicle without insurance, four counts of criminal damage, and one count of disorderly behaviour.
The charge of driving while disqualified and uninsured relates to an alleged incident on March 10th 2018 when Sheridan drove a car out of his mother’s driveway at Ashdale, Enniskillen on to the road, and drove back into the driveway again.
A criminal damage charge arises from the incident on Belmore Street in Enniskillen on June 14th 2018, in which Sheridan damaged roof tiles.
Police were called to Belmore Street around 6.20pm to a report that the defendant had wrecked a door, and entered a house and made his way onto the roof.
The incident was ongoing for around seven and a half hours and during this time the applicant removed roof tiles from a property and proceeded to throw these into Belmore Street. The court heard there was around £3,800 worth of damage caused to the property.
The area was cordoned off for the duration of the incident, a PSNI helicopter and negotiator were also deployed before Sheridan was persuaded to come down from the roof at around 3am.
He is also charged with disorderly behaviour in relation to the same roof-top incident.
A further criminal damage charge arose from an incident two days later when Sheridan damaged a phone belonging to the PSNI when he threw it across the interview room in a temper.
He is further charged with damaging a door lock and window belonging to his partner, which she told police happened after he forced his way into her home, on May 20th last year.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan disqualified Sheridan from driving for four months, starting from January 16th 2019, and fined him £150 for the driving offences.
Referring to the incident on June 14th 2018, Judge Ranaghan said there was a huge amount of police time and resources used in the incident.
Ranaghan sentenced him to 10 months in prison for a range of charges including criminal damage on a time served basis, having already spent time in custody following the incidents.
Judge Ranaghan also ordered Sheridan to pay £300 compensation for the damage, adding this was only a tenth of the cost of the damage, and he was fined £125 for criminal damage.

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