ASBO man smashed windows of pet shop and Journal office

A DAD who smashed the front windows of the Journal and a pet shop, urinated in the street and breached his ASBO on two occasions was given a 12 month community order with a curfew.

Neil McMillan, of High Road, Manthorpe, admitted the five charges, which put him in breach of a conditional discharge when he appeared before town magistrates last Friday.

The first offence took place on April 14. Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said: “CCTV from outside the Grantham Journal showed him urinating outside the office shortly before causing damage to the door and window.

“His ASBO prevents him from going to certain areas of Grantham, including the High Street. This put him in breach of that.”

On April 25 he also damaged the windows of Smart Pets, in Dysart Road, Grantham.

Kate Macmillan, defending, said: “McMillan is no stranger to the court system. He has a horrendous background. An unspeakable incident happened when he was just eight-years-old that has caused him problems. He’s clearly never grieved for his father.”

McMillan, who has been treated at the Beaconsfield Centre, was diagnosed with mental health issues.

He also was going through a legal battle with the mother of his first child and now faced a legal battle with the mother of his second child. He has never seen that child.

Ms Macmillan said: “In February the man convicted of murdering his father escaped from prison. He had never seen the killer’s face before but a picture was published in the Grantham Journal that set him back. He had a nervous breakdown.

“Although the killer’s now been arrested, at the time McMillan received anonymous death threats. He thought he would be killed as well and this led him to drinking in excess. He felt particularly upset with the Grantham Journal. He felt he had been persecuted by the Press.”

McMillan, who is unemployed, also felt the ASBO had stopped him living his life but he had recently been offered accommodation in Lincoln, which Ms MacMillan said he would lose if sent to prison.

Ms Macmillan added: “He’s come to hate life in this town. It’s absolutely crucial that he gets out of Grantham.”

McMillan was put on a six month curfew between 7pm and 7am. No orders were made for compensation or costs.