Grantham court: Debt-collector ends up with £200 bill

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A man attending flats to collect a debt flew into a rage and “launched himself” at a door, causing £200 worth of damage.

Lee Prince of Second Avenue in Grantham admitted criminal damage following the incident in William Street, Grantham, on April 8.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said Prince went to the flats at 2.20am. He then “launched a kick at the door, breaking it open and entered the building”.

Stuart Wild, defending, said Prince handed in a written statement to the police admitting full responsibility. He told the court Prince had gone to the flats to collect money that was owed to him “perfectly legitimately” but could not get inside the flats.

He added: “Foolishly with hindsight, he launched himself at the door and damage was caused.”

Prince was fined £70 and must pay £200 in compensation to Nottingham Housing Association. He must also pay a £20 surcharge and £40 in costs.

Chair of magistrates Madge Marshall-Brown said: “You went to collect money and it has actually cost you money.”