Smashed up launderette due to ‘psychotic episode’

Court news.
Court news.

A Skegness man was suffering from an ‘acute psychotic episode’ from taking cannabis when he smashed up a laundrette in the town, a court has been told.

Joshua Benjamin Waterhouse, 23, of Alexandra Road, admitted damaging five washing machines,a bench and a window at the Washum and Dry laundrette on Roman Bank, when he appeared before District Judge Murray sitting at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told that at 8.30pm on October 2, Waterhouse was in the laundrette when he picked up a bench and threw it at the washing machines, then kicked them and tried to bend the doors.

He then threw a bin at the main window of 
the laundrette.

Mitigating, Gary Farmer said that Waterhouse had suffered an ‘acute psychotic episode’ from taking cannabis and had no memory of what he had done.

Last Tuesday, Judge Murray sentenced Waterhouse to a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered 
him to pay £500 in compensation.