Window broken in lager price row

A MAN kicked and broke a window pane at a newsagent’s after rowing with the shopkeeper over the price of lager.

Andrew Dignen, 22, went into Powlett News, in Powlett Road, Hartlepool, with a friend and picked up some lager.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how he took the lager to the counter and asked for a price. Dignen argued with the member of staff saying he was trying to “rip him off”.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “The defendant then turned and walked out of the shop. But as he did he kicked the shop door leaving a footprint in the glass as it pushed through.

“He and the other male ran off but he was identified by CCTV and arrested.”

She added: “Dignen admitted the offence in interview and said he intended to cause the damage as he was annoyed the man in the shop intended to overcharge him for the alcohol.”

Dignen, of Larch Grove, Hartlepool, represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage on February 26.

He told justices: “It was a plastic window that I broke.It was a moment of stupidity.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench, Geoff Morley, fined Dignen £65 and ordered him to pay £85 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.