Teenager ransacked pal’s Hartlepool flat and made stabbing threats

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A TEENAGER ransacked a pal’s flat after forcing his way inside and then threatened to stab his victim if he called police.

Nineteen-year-old Luke Fenny went to his friend’s ground floor flat in Hartlepool and buzzed through the intercom to be allowed inside.

Teesside Crown Court was told that the victim knew it was Fenny and denied him access.

Despite his refusal, Fenny appeared at the front of the property with another young man and then “forced his way in through the living room window”.

Prosecuting, Harry Hadfield said: “Out of the blue the defendant forced his way in through the window and damaged the blinds. “He was threatening the victim and the other man with violence. He also had his fists clenched and appeared intoxicated either through drink or drugs.”

Fenny then went into the victim’s bedroom and tipped the bed against the wall causing damage, and then “brazenly” took the victim’s mobile phone and another telephone, worth about £150.

Mr Hadfield said: “The victim didn’t sleep in his property in case the defendant came back as he was unpredicatable, and had indicated that if the police were involved, the violence would be such that he would be stabbed.

“The victim has since got his mobile phones back from the defendant and offered to pay for some of the damage.”

Fenny, of Church Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to burglary on March 10.

Mitigating, Jim Withyman said his client suffered with the condition Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was drunk at the time of the offence.

He said: “When the defendant sobered up he went back round and returned the property and has paid for some damage that he did.

“He is gutted and ashamed of what he did. He wanted to admit what he did, take the punishment and move on with his life.”

The court heard that Fenny is now working for a charitable organisation which is co-ordinated by his father.

Judge Howard Crowson said the offence was “extremely stupid”.

Fenny was sentenced to an 18-month community order with supervision and an alcohol treatment requirement for six months, and 120 hours unpaid work.

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