Man who smashed up Holywell hostel room to pay £2,000


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A young man “saw red” following an argument and smashed up his room at a Holywell hostel.

Christopher John Baines, 22, was ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, owners of the Llys Emlyn Williams Hostel on Old Chester Road.

Baines, now living with his father at Woodfield Avenue in Flint, admitted criminal damage following the incident on March 1.

At Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold he was placed on a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work and rehabilitation.

Magistrates said the rehabilitation should focus on substance misuse and anger management issues.

Baines, unemployed, was told that the £2,000 compensation should be paid at £6 a week from his benefits, but that it would be in his interests to increase the payments if he got work.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said the defendant was charged with damaging an entrance door and locks, a fire door and frame, the door to his room along with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, a shelf and a fridge.

In his basis of plea he admitted damaging everything apart from the fridge and the fire door, which he said was already damaged.

The hostel provides supported accommodation for people between the ages of 18 and 35 and at 8.40pm on March 1 a support worker heard a commotion.

His bedroom door was open, the wardrobe was in pieces and the chest of drawers was damaged. Half of the wardrobe was outside his room on the landing.

That evening his parents attended, they left the hostel and the support worker later heard shouting outside and the front door and locks were damaged.

Later interviewed, Baines said that he “just lost it” and apologised for what he had done.

Defending solicitor Brian Cross said his client had previously been living with his mother, there had been arguments and he moved in with his father, then went to live at the hostel.

When his parents came to see him there had been an argument about their separation.

“He got involved in it. He should not have done so,” said Mr Cross.

As a result he got frustrated, he felt that no one was listening to him, and he accepted causing the damage. It happened at a time when he felt low in his life.

Mr Cross said that he was pleased to say Baines was now living in settled accommodation with his father, his finances were being sorted out and he would receive benefits next month, and he was hoping to be able to return to work.

Probation officer Pamela Roberts said at the time Baines had been drinking and was not in a good place.

The break up of his parents’ relationship had caused turmoil  and he turned to alcohol.

Baines had also conceded that he occasionally used cannabis to help him sleep.

At the time of the offence he had acted on impulse and he did struggle to deal with difficult problems in his life in an appropriate way.

Baines did admit that he tended to “binge drink”, said Miss Roberts.

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