Angry drunk smashed shop window over alcohol refusal

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A DRUNKEN man who was angry because he was refused drink at a Spalding store moments later broke windows worth £1,352 at a neighbouring shop.

Joseph Piskula couldn’t remember anything about it when he woke up in a police cell the next morning.

Piskula (39), of Green Lane, Spalding, appeared in court on August 30 but didn’t enter a guilty plea until Thursday after CCTV pictures showed he was responsible for the damage together with a second man.

Piskula was fined £200 and ordered to pay £676 compensation to Lisa Harding, owner of The Barber Shop on Station Street. He must also pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Presiding magistrate Ian McDonnell said: “This is going to be a very expensive day out, really, isn’t it?”

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said Piskula and a second man entered Spalding Market late on the evening of July 19 and “were refused alcohol”.

He said: “It would appear they were less than happy at that. Shortly afterwards, the sound of smashing glass was heard from outside.

“One of the witnesses looked on CCTV and saw two men – one of them was this defendant – standing outside the shop next door.

“He then heard the sound of more smashing glass and saw the two men were still there and the shop window and the door had both been smashed.”

Mr Johnson said police arrested both men.

In interview, Piskula told police he went out drinking about midday.

“He didn’t remember where he had been, who he was with or anything about the criminal damage being caused,” said Mr Johnson.

Solicitor Daven Naghen, mitigating, said: “He was very highly intoxicated. He accepts that was nobody’s fault but his own.

“It was quite an experience for him to wake up in a police cell, not knowing what had happened or why he was there.”

He said Piskula works a 36-hour week and earns £200.

l A man charged with the same offence has denied causing criminal damage at the shop and will stand trial at the court in November.