Boozer smashed sister’s window

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AN alcoholic smashed his sister’s kitchen window after she “coaxed” him from her house by putting his bottle of vodka in the garden, a court heard.

Hartlepool man Gordon Hill had gone to his sister’s Raby Gardens home at 5.15am and was let in by her partner who was just leaving.

The 45-year-old fell asleep on the couch with an almost-empty bottle of vodka but was woken an hour later when his sister got up.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told Hartlepool Magistrates Court: “He appeared intoxicated so she asked him to leave. She managed to coax him outside by putting his bottle of vodka in the garden and then she locked him out.

“He shouted ‘I’ll give you two seconds to let me in or I’ll put the kitchen window through’ and she saw him holding a piece of wood.

“She then heard the defendant banging on the window and heard it smashing.

“She called the police and when officers arrived he was found 6ft away from the window and had blood on his hands and forehead.”

Ms Atkinson added: “In interview Hill said he lives above a shop and had been woken by a delivery truck, so went to his sister’s.

The next thing he can recall is being put into a police van. He said he is an alcoholic and had been drinking most of the previous day.”

Hill, of York Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty causing criminal damage to the window on July 5.

Mitigating, Adrian Morris said: “This is a most regrettable and sad incident. My client is a registered alcoholic and is in treatment with medication being prescribed.

“He has very little recollection of what happened, but he deeply regrets what has happened because he is close to his sister.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Kate Brown fined Hill £80, ordered him to pay £50 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and £30 costs.