A MAN who poured soup over a library computer has been fined.

James Ferriter, of no fixed abode, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The 49-year-old admitted that on June 17, at Connah's Quay Library (Civic Centre), he damaged a laptop.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court Ferriter entered the library on the day in question and took a can of soup with him.

He asked staff to warm up the soup - but when they didn't, he tipped it over a laptop.

Mr Espie asked the court to consider imposing a restraining order on the basis the library staff are "repeat victims of the defendant's behaviour" and "as a result, he is not welcome at the address."


Ferriter, defending himself, told the court: "I am a seriously ill man and I have mental health problems.

"Obviously I am guilty for tipping soup on the computer but that was not my intention."

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The Magistrates fined the defendant £40 for the damaged laptop and ordered him to pay £1,000 in compensation.

Ferriter was also fined £40 for breaching a conditional discharge which had been active at the time of the offence, and a further £40 for resisting police on a previous occasion.

Furthermore, the court handed down a two year restraining order to prevent Ferriter from entering the Civic Centre at Wepre Drive, Connah's Quay.