Man admits criminal damage following £16 row with Avon Lady

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A man damaged an Avon lady’s front door in a row over £16 she owed him and his wife.

Neil Black, 49, of Alder Road, Ribbleton, Preston, must pay £740 compensation and a £150 court charge after admitting criminal damage at his next door neighbour’s home.

Prosecuting at Preston Magistrates’ Court, Martine Connah said: “The woman ran into his wife earlier in the day. The defendant’s wife asked her for money that was owed, but she said she couldn’t pay as she hadn’t been given her benefits. His wife said it was okay.

“Later in day she says she was on the verge of having a panic attack. She also says she was scared of staying at her address.”

District Judge David Scanlon heard Black owed fines to the court.

Defending, James Ball said: “He apologises for his behaviour but the lady, his next door neighbour, works for Avon, from who his wife purchased some goods and gave her £16 in lieu of the goods to be provided at some point in the future. Those goods have never been delivered.

“Obviously having consumed alcohol, and having mental health issues, he reacted the way he did.”

Black also admitted being drunk and disorderly on Watling Street Road, Fulwood, on October 22.

Black was given an alcohol treatment order and a rehabilitation requirement.