Glass pane smashed after row
A man threw a child’s scooter through a glass pane at his girlfriend’s house after an argument.
Jamie Cates, of Wallis Avenue, Maidstone, handed himself over to police after the incident in June.
Anna Kachingwe, prosecuting, told Maidstone Magistrates’ Court the argument was over infidelity, and Cates had thrown the scooter after leaving the property.
She asked that he pay £500 compensation for the repairs, and that a restraining order be served prohibiting the 27-yearold from contacting his ex.
These requests caused some confusion for the defendant and his lawyer, Deborah Slater, who said that a restraining order had not been requested by the victim, who was not supporting the prosecution’s case.
She said the case had only come about because Mr Cates had gone to Maidstone police station to tell them what had happened.
Miss Slater also said the cost of repairs seemed to have been “plucked out of thin air” and that in any case compensation would be owed to the housing authority which owns the house, not the victim herself.
Sheila Potipher, chairman of the bench, said this was “a hot-headed moment” and magistrates would not be make compensation or restraining orders.
Cates was sentenced to a 12-month community order, and must pay £105 costs.
Jamie Cates handed himself over to police