Grantham court: Teenager punched window after being accused of damage

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A teenager smashed a window after he returned to find damage had been caused at his flat

Jake Ian Jamie Taylor, 18, of Lymn Court, Grantham, admitted criminal damage after smashing a window, valued at £115, belonging to South Kesteven District Council on October 11, 2015.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Taylor had been out for the evening and had returned home to find people there who had not been there when he left.

Another person in the flat had brought friends round and he found the damage.

The court heard an argument followed because Taylor was accused of causing the damage himself.

He went outside and punched the double glazed window, magistrates heard.

Simon Cobb, defending, said there was a “degree of provocation”.

He said there were a number of people in the flat and the complainant wrongly assumed Taylor was responsible for the damage.

Another person spat at Taylor and he then punched the window.

Mr Cobb said police had cautioned the defendant and ordered him to pay the compensation out of court.

Taylor thought someone would collect the money but that did not happen.

Mr Cobb said he should have taken steps to make sure the compensation was paid.

He said Taylor was out of work and was not receiving benefits.

Magistrates handed Taylor a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £115 in compensation, costs of £30 and a victim surcharge of £15.