Man smashed window in rage

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN was seen on CCTV smashing a guesthouse window with a fire extinguisher.

Unemployed Simon Haig, 24, of Bournemouth Road, South Shore, admitted causing damage.

He was sentenced to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community, and ordered to pay £150 compensation plus £85 costs by District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said that on May 2 the owner of a guesthouse on Shannon Street was woken at 5.45am by the sound of glass smashing.

CCTV showed a man breaking a window at the guesthouse with a fire extinguisher.

When interviewed, Haig said he had had a five-hour argument with his girlfriend.

He then drank 12 pints plus some vodka, and said he broke the window with his elbow.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said Haig and his girlfriend had rowed because she did not want him going out drinking to celebrate a friend’s birthday.