Homeless teen in court over argument about crisps

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A homeless teen damaged his sister’s door after an argument about some out of date crisps.

Jake Henry O’Brien (18) of no fixed abode, admitted to the damage of Shannon Benson’s home in Boughton, on 12th August, 2014.

Mitigating Simon King described the offence occurred after he had a disagreement with a local shop owner about some out of date crisps.

He said: “He was barred from the store and it was the only one in the area. He later needed to buy toilet roll so asked someone else to buy it for him.”

He said the friend was denied the loo roll so O’Brien asked four more people to try on his behalf.

The shopkeeper said he would not sell any toilet roll that day as he knew it was being purchased for O’Brien.

Mr King, of Elliot Mather Solicitors, said: “He then damaged the door.”

He pleaded guilty to the offence of criminal damage of property valued under £5,000.

He damaged coving from a wall and glass from the door.

During sentence, district judge Diana Baker said: “He is a young man of very good character.

“But any domestic issues are taken very seriously. You lost your temper and damaged your sister’s property.”

She added he was given credit for an early guilty plea.

He was given a nine-month supervision order with three specified activity sessions of employment and training.

He must pay £100 compensation for the damage to the door.

No victim surcharge or costs were applied.