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Homeless man sentenced after damaging door in drunken rage

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Christopher Landy also pleaded guilty to booze theft at Sainsbury's

A homeless man was handed a 12-month conditional discharge after he took his anger out on the front door of his ex-partner.

Christopher Landy, aged 40, pleaded guilty at West Berkshire Magistrate’s Court last week to criminal damage after bashing in a front door of a property at Halifax Place, Thatcham, on February 11.

Prosecuting, Helen Waite said that police were called to the building owned by Sovereign Housing after reports Mr Landy was drunk and bashing the door.

Neighbours tried to calm him down but as he was hitting the door the letter box came off, which he then used to make scratches on it.

Miss Waite told the court: “Criminal damage has been caused, he has accepted that that damage has been caused.

“Mr Landy was interviewed about the night and said he had consumed half a bottle of brandy and was drunk. He had had an argument with his partner.”

Defending, Stephen Collins, downplayed the extent of the damage and pointed out that the door had not yet been replaced by Sovereign Housing, and that the scratches were still there.

He added that Mr Landy was now battling his alcoholism and was now much improved than during the time of the incident.

In light of his guilty plea and a guilty plea to an earlier offence of stealing Sherry from Sainsbury’s in February, he was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15, a fine of £40 and court costs of £45.

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