Man threatened to wreck showroom after MOT failure


A man was found guilty yesterday of threatening to wreck a car showroom armed with a mallet after his car failed its MOT.

Darren McAllister was also convicted of disorderly behaviour and assaults on two members of staff at Charles Hurst in south Belfast.

The 33-year-old, of Kings Road in the city, will be sentenced next month.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he turned up at the Boucher Road complex last September asking to speak to a mechanic who worked on his car.

The vehicle had failed its MOT the previous day, with McAllister claiming wheel nuts were not put on properly and a rear seatbelt left twisted.

It was alleged that he took a mallet out of a bag and set it on a desk in front of one member of staff.

Allegations of going “nose to nose” with a manager were also made.

McAllister was then said to have moved on to a second Charles Hurst site.

A prosecution lawyer put it to him: “You were shouting that you were going to wreck the showroom. Is that correct.”

McAllister replied: “Absolutelty not.”

The defendant denied having a mallet with him, insisting that all he had been carrying was an umbrella due to the stormy weather.

A police officer called to the showroom said he appeared calm but had told her he was “furious” about what had happened.