Man guilty of criminal damage

Scarborough Magistrates Court

Scarborough Magistrates Court

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A SCARBOROUGH teenager who smashed a window at a block of flats before kicking in a door at Foundation Housing has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Liam Dunn, 19, of North Marine Road, pleaded guilty before Scarborough magistrates to two charges of criminal damage and a charge of using threatening words and behaviour.

Magistrates heard Dunn had smashed a window at the flats he shared with his girlfriend after arguing with her in the hallway.

Prosecuting, Katherine Reeve said; “The first incident dates back to January 3 at around 2pm.

“He had been having an argument with his girlfriend at their flat in Westbourne Grove. It continued into the communal hall way and down on to the ground floor.

“During the argument he threw a piece of wooden bannister at a window in the communal entrance and smashed a pane of glass.

“A further incident has occurred on January 14 when the manager of Foundation Housing has become aware of the defendant in a public area of the premises. He described the defendant as being very irate, demanding to see his partner who was in an office in the premises.

“Because of the conduct of the defendant the manager decided to exclude him from the building, however trapped his foot in the door on the way out.

“Once outside the defendant started kicking and banging the door. The door eventually succumbed to the strain and split down the middle.”

Mitigating, Marcus Topham said the two incidents were linked. He said: “After the events at Westbourne Grove that accommodation became no longer available to him which is why he was at Foundation Housing.

“He fully accepts guilt, though his actions were reckless rather than intentional. As he argued with his girlfriend he picked up the bannister and threw it towards the door his girlfriend had gone through, some minutes earlier. He missed the door and smashed the window by accident.”

Magistrates sentenced Dunn to 60 hours’ unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £63 compensation to Foundation Housing and £50 to the landlord at Westbourne Grove.