Waitangirua man pays for drinking binge
A Waitangirua man didn’t need a judge to remind him of the downside of drinking – it was written all over his body at court.
Luther Thomas Frost, 26, appeared at Porirua District Court last Tuesday with a black eye and hobbling on crutches.
He was convicted of wilful damage after smashing windows in a drunken rage on November 13.
Frost had been drinking all night with two friends at home, police prosecutor Karen Vaughan said.
At 7.30am, Frost got the idea that a neighbour was talking to his partner.
He went to the neighbour’s house and smashed three or four glass panes with his hands and feet, Ms Vaughan said.
The house belonged to Housing New Zealand, which was seeking $300 to cover its insurance excess.
Frost’s lawyer, Louise Brown, said her client had stopped drinking after the incident, which he had no memory of.
‘‘Mr Frost actually learned a valuable lesson. The injuries to his face and leg were from that evening,’’ he said.
‘‘It certainly brought home to him what trouble he can get into when he is overly intoxicated.’’
Judge John Walker ordered Frost to pay a $200 fine, $130 in court costs and $300 to Housing New Zealand.
All Frost’s previous convictions were related to alcohol, including three drink driving convictions, breach of a liquor ban and assault, Judge Walker said.
‘‘It’s alcohol that’s brought you to court again. Have a think about what’s brought you here today,’’ he said.