Wai­tan­girua man pays for drink­ing binge

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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.

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