A man who committed criminal damage to a Harveys furniture store in Northern Ireland has been sentenced.

According to reports, Robert McDowell ‘paint-bombed’ the Harveys stores windows and shutters on Braidwater Retail Park in Ballymena on 27 January 2016 after a measurement mix-up when a sofa he ordered wouldn’t fit through his door.

During an initial trial back in February this year, Mr McDowell admitted to causing criminal damage but the sentence was deferred to allow McDowell to pay for the damage.

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine state that McDowell saw ‘red mist’ as his refund was not ‘forthcoming’ once the sofa, worth £792, had been taken back to the store. Mr Ballentine highlighted that McDowell had admitted blame and was ‘remorseful’ for his actions.

District Judge Des Perry recently sentenced McDowell with a two year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay compensation of £792 for the criminal damage caused.