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Holbeach man broke window of friend's house while drunk 'because he couldn't get his bike back'

A man has been fined after smashing the window of a friend's home while drunk - because he wanted to get his bicycle.

Alistair Watmuff (43) of Farrow Avenue, in Holbeach, admitted damage when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court yesterday (Weds).

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Watmuff had fallen out with his partner and had nowhere to stay and so had gone to stay the night of September 15-16 with a friend, called Andrew Alexander, in Holbeach.

Court news.
Court news.

After leaving the house the next day, Watmuff telephoned Mr Alexander because he had left his bicycle at his house and swore at him.

He later returned to the house, while drunk, and started banging on the door and shouting and then smashed a window, so Mr Alexander called the police.

Mitigating, Anita Toal said the offence had been committed out of frustration.

She said he had gone back to the house for his bicycle which had been locked to a fence and 'Mr Alexander, for some reason, would not unlock the bike'.

She added that Watmuff 'banged harder than he should have done as he did not mean to break the window' and had since gone round and apologised to Mr Alexander.

Watmuff, who was said to have a 'chequered history of offending' was ordered to pay £100 in compensation and an additional £50 for breaching a conditional discharge imposed last April.

He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs.


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