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Newbury man smashes car window in drunken rage

“He would have been better off hitting a wall," defence argues


A MAN was unable to contain his rage after a drunken row with his partner.

Damion Edward Hall lashed out with his fists, smashing the window of a stranger’s car, Reading magistrates were told on Thursday, November 24.

Anne Sawyer-Brandish, prosecuting, said the incident happened in the early hours after the 33-year-old, of Hutton Close, Newbury, walked home from the town centre.

She said the victim, Philip Arbcaster, of Hamilton Court, Newbury, had to spend £50 to replace the broken car window.

Mr Hall admitted causing criminal damage on August 27.

He also has a lengthy list of previous convictions and his admission placed him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for the latest of them, magistrates were told.

Steve Molloy, defending, said his client had indulged in a random act of vandalism and added: “He was effectively just taking out his anger following an argument with his partner.

“He would have been better off hitting a wall.

“He is deeply sorry for his actions.”

Magistrates fined Mr Hall £50 and ordered him to pay £50 in compensation to Mr Arbcaster.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £30.

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