Fine for man after smashing bar window

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A DRUNKEN kick which smashed a Pickering town centre bar’s window has landed a man with a £150 fine.

Adam Cousins, 28, of Fishers Garth in Pickering, appeared before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court to face a charge of criminal damage.

Cousins pleaded guilty to the charge, which related to an incident on January 7 at BAR4 public house in Pickering.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, told the court Cousins was seen on CCTV kicking the window after being removed from the bar due to his drunken behaviour.

Magistrates heard how Cousins returned to the bar the next morning to apologise and arrange to make payment to cover the £253 costs of replacing the smashed window.

Marcus Topham, mitigating, said: “My client had more to drink than he anticipated.

“There is no suggestion he was being rowdy or fighting, staff just had concern for his welfare so they asked him to leave.

“He was sitting outside the premises and kicked the window, and to his surprise it broke.

“The next day he apologised to staff and offered to pay for it. In the coming weeks he went on to do that.”

Mr Topham said the incident was an act which was “thoughtless and committed in drink”, after which Cousins showed “immediate remorse” and apologised.

He said: “It was an immature act by him which he regrets.”

Magistrates ordered Cousins to a pay a £150 fine, with £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.