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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Drunken Barrow man smashed friend's window

A MAN who danced around a friend’s home while drunk went on to damage furniture and smash a window.

Simon Maitland punched through the foam back of a leather dining chair, then broke a double glazed window near the front door as he left.

The offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence, but a judge at Preston Crown Court spared him jail, having heard of progress the defendant had been making.

The 28-year-old, of Tay Court, Barrow, had been committed to the higher court by magistrates for sentencing. He had pleaded guilty to the offence of criminal damage which took place last November.

The damage amounted to £250-£300 worth, said the prosecution.

Mr David Traynor, prosecuting, said a friend of the defendant called Tracey Jones had some friends round to her address on November 30. Maitland was already very drunk when he arrived.

He was dancing around the lounge area and punching some Christmas decorations. He was asked to leave but didn’t seem to understand.

He deliberately punched through the back of a foam leather dining chair and as he was ushered out he punched a window near the front door.

The offence put him in breach of a four-month prison term that had been suspended, with supervision and alcohol awareness. That earlier case had involved him having a bladed article in a public place, for which he was sentenced in January last year.

Maitland was given a 12-month community order, which will involve 12 months supervision. For two months, he will be on a curfew, to operate from 7pm through to 7am each night.

Judge Michael Byrne told Maitland “You are very lucky. You’re are not going to prison today. You will next time.”

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