Grantham teenager threw keys and smashed door when he lost his temper

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A teenager must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and undergo a programme to stop his violent behaviour after he admitted smashing a door and throwing keys at a man among other offences.

George Egen, 19, formerly of William Street, Grantham, now of no fixed address, admitted the theft of chocolates worth £4 from Asda and possessing a lock knife on November 28, criminal damage and assault by beating in Skegness on November 8, and criminal damage in Grantham on December 20.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that on November 8 Egen was living in accommodation in Skegness for young adults, a kind of ‘safe house’. He had brought a friend back which was against the rules. The next day he got into an argument with the owner and he threw his door keys at him. He stormed out of the flat and pulled the door hinges out causing the wood to split.

Miss Ross said Egen admitted losing his temper after the owner remonstrated with him and then threw his keys.

On November 28, Egen had stolen the box of Quality Street chocolates from Asda in Grantham and when stopped by police he was found carrying the knife.

Egen later moved to William Street in Grantham and on December 20 he smashed a hole through a bathroom door. Miss Ross said it was a communal area and the offence was caught on CCTV.

Defending, Simon Cobb said the offences related mainly to Egen’s short temper and inability to deal with his anxiety in any other way than lashing out. Mr Cobb said Egen did not get on with the man he argued with. The incident was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ and Egen was asked to leave. Rather than hand over the keys, he threw them, He did not intend to cause any injury but accepted they did strike his victim.

Mr Cobb said before the Asda theft, Egen had gone to a friend’s house where he was given the knife which was falling apart. Egen was asked to put it together again and he took it away nbecause he needed an Allen key to repair it. He said: “There is no suggestion that he was carrying the knife for any ulterior motive.”

Mr Cobb said the incident in William Street happened when Egen lost his temper in the foyer. He said there were a number of people there who did not live there and Egen became frustrated because they would not leave. “He took out his frustration on the door,” he said.

After reading a probation report, the magistrates imposed a 24 month community order on Egen to include 120 hours of upaid work, the Resolve programme and a rehabilitation activity for 20 days. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.