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'Burglar' was locked-out house guest

Former soldier kicked friend's door

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A HOUSE guest, unable to wake his host after a night out, kicked a hole in the front door.

When the aggrieved awoke next morning, he thought he had been burgled, Reading magistrates heard.

But Luke Williams confessed that he had done it after finding himself locked out.

Zainab Mohamed, prosecuting on Thursday, December 1, said the 29-year-old, of Fairfield, Compton, initially offered to pay for the damage, but he was stunned to be presented with a bill for £1,026 and so the matter ended up in court.

Mr Williams admitted causing criminal damage to a door in Priory Road, Newbury, on April 30.

Phil Kouvaritakis, defending, said his client had not intended to kick his way in but, rather, was reckless in trying to wake his friend.

He added: “He was staying with the friend after going through difficulties with his long-term partner.

“He and his friend had gone out for the evening but had become separated.”

Mr Kouvaritakis said Mr Williams initially offered to pay for the damage but was stunned by the repair bill.

When he asked for a second quote, he was told that the landlord would only use the one firm, Brand Windows Ltd, that gave the initial estimate.

Mr Kouvaritakis said his client, a former soldier, was currently out of work.

Magistrates ordered Mr Williams to pay £1,026 compensation to his friend who had been forced to pay the bill.

They also ordered him to pay £40 costs.

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