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Hefty fine for Court House damage

Hefty fine for Court House damage

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Hefty fine for Court House damage

A 33-year-old man has been ordered to pay £720 after damaging a cell door at the Royal Court House.

Joshua Jones damaged the States property on 2 May this year, after being sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment for breaching probation conditions.

On receiving what he referred to as "rubbish legal advice", Jones took the door to the cell with both hands and slammed it before throwing his cup of coffee at it.

The incident resulted in a split door frame and damage to the locking mechanism, which also had to be fixed.

After calming down, Jones asked for a mop and bucket to clean up the mess and pled guilty to the offence at the earliest opportunity.

The cost of the damage has been estimated at £220 which Jones will pay in compensation, along with £500 as an alternative to 25 days in prison, which he will face if he fails to pay the sum.

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