Shortcut man broke hospital turnstile ‘because he couldn’t be bothered climbing over’

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A MAN damaged a turnstile in the grounds of a hospital.

Carl Parvin – who needed a sign language interpreter to communicate with him in court – was with a group of friends when they decided to take a short-cut through the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road.

But when the 24-year-old realised the turnstile allowing him to get through was locked, he broke the padlock off it.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court it was 5.25pm when the defendant is seen on CCTV in the hospital grounds.

“He was one of three males who forced open the turnstile gate causing damage. He was arrested and in interview said he couldn’t be bothered climbing over the gate so he broke the padlock,” she added.

Parvin, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, signalled that he pleaded guilty to criminal damage on October 25.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “He expresses remorse for his foolishness and laziness. There was nothing sinister he was literally trying to take a short cut. It was an unnecessary offence.”

Chairman of the bench fined Parvin £70, ordered him to pay £40 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. No compensation was awarded as North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust had not provided prosecutors with a cost of damage.