Drunk ends up homeless after ‘throwing toys out the pram’ and smashing window



Drunken David Barnett has been ordered to pay £600 compensation after he ‘threw his toys out the pram’ and damaged a window.

The 35-year-old had too much to drink when he smashed a window at The Salvation Army in Vale Street, Stoke, on February 14.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he was immediately evicted and became homeless until he moved into the Macari Centre in Regent Road, Hanley.

But he failed to surrender to the court on March 3.

Barnett, of The Macari Centre, Hanley, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and failing to surrender to court.

Garath Davies, mitigating, said: “He caused damage to the Salvation Army and was immediately evicted and became homeless. He found himself in the Macari Centre and forgot to attend court.

“He was allowed out for one hour and was arrested while out exercising in that hour.

“He has not been in trouble for quite a while.

“He ended up with stitches in his foot for his trouble, which was a bit of summary justice.”

District Judge Kevin Grego said the injury ‘served the defendant right’.

He said: “He had too much to drink and he threw his toys out the pram. He started kicking the door and damaged a window at the Salvation Army. As if they can afford to be putting up with that.”

The judge told Barnett: “The Salvation Army is a charity and is no doubt sparse of funds at the moment. If ever there was a case of biting the hand that feeds you this is it.

“Hopefully you won’t do the same thing at The Macari Centre.”

The judge made no order for costs.





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