Man fined for damage to Spilsby shops

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A MAN with learning difficulties who has been in residential care all his life, admitted three charges of causing damage in Spilsby town centre when he appeared before magistrates at Skegness last week.

Adrian Michael Adams (38), who was living in Hundleby Road, Spilsby at the time, but is now resident in Peterborough, admitted damaging properties at Archways Garage, Wisebuys and Imagine on March 29.

Charges of attempted burglary were dropped by the prosecution.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said that at about 2.05am, Adams was seen on CCTV screens using a long metal rod to try and prise open doors at three shops in the town centre, but had been unable to gain access to any of them.

He was arrested and admitted to police officers that he had been asked to break in by three youths but that he had no intention of entering the shops himself.

In mitigation, it was said Adams had mild to moderate learning difficulties and had always lived in residential care.

He had decided to go out for a walk in the early hours of the morning and was adamant some boys had put the idea in his head.

He was said to have suffered physical and emotional abuse as a child and had been awarded ‘considerable financial compensation’ but he only had £20 per week in spending money.

It was said he accepted compensation would have to be paid and the trust fund managing his compensation would make that payment.

Magistrates told Adams it was a ‘silly thing’ to do but they accepted he was led into it.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay compensation to the three business totalling £513.08, plus a victim surcharge of £15.