Groom-to-be smashed up hotel bedroom

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man wrecked a hotel room after being given champagne by the management when his marriage proposal to his girlfriend was accepted.

Dean Coppin pulled off wardrobe doors and damaged a wall heater, table lamp and television in the bedroom he shared with his student nurse fiancee at Blackpool’s Carousel Hotel.

Coppin, a 27-year-old forklift truck driver, of Hollow Brook Way, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was fined £130 and ordered to pay £115 compensation with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Coppin and his girlfriend booked into the Carousel Hotel on August 24.

Coppin proposed to his girlfriend that night and was accepted. In celebration the management gave them champagne to drink.

The next day the couple departed without going to reception, leaving the key in their room.

The housekeeper went to clean the room some hours later and found the wreckage.

Alan Godwin, defending, said Coppin had intended to propose that night and his parents had paid for the hotel room.

He used a small stage at the hotel to make his proposal and was accepted. He then had too much to drink and had no recollection of damaging the room.

Mr Godwin added: “It should have been a memorable night for all the right reasons, but it is now a memorable night to my client for all the wrong reasons.”

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