Glass pane smashed af­ter row

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

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

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