Off-duty cop spots man smashing phone kiosk glass

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A man was “having a bad day” when he lashed out and kicked a phone box in front of Spalding Magistrates’ Court.

But it got worse because he was spotted by an off duty police officer.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Jools Kennedy kicked out at the kiosk, smashing two sides of the glass, shortly after 3pm on July 18.

Kennedy was taken to custody at Boston Police Station where he answered “no comment” to questions surrounding the damage, but admitted he was in the vicinity and had no lawful excuse to damage the kiosk.

The court heard Kennedy was in the early part of court ordered supervision at the time and was seeing the drink and drugs help agency, Addaction.

Solicitor Daven Naghen said: “He was having a bad day. He had got no particular reason to damage the phone box. He accepts he was lashing out.”

Kennedy (23), of Essex Road, Stamford, pleaded guilty to criminally damaging BT property worth £129.

Mr Naghen said the damage to the glass was £30 and the rest of it was call-out and labour fee for repairs.

The court ordered Kennedy to pay £129 compensation, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He was conditionally discharged for 12 months.