Court order for teenager who ‘trashed bedroom’ in row with mother

Huntingdon Youth Court.

Huntingdon Youth Court. - Credit: Archant

A 16-year-old boy from Huntingdon caused more than £200 worth of damage after trashing his bedroom.

The teenager, who appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates Court on December 21, pleaded guilty to causing £221.38 worth of damage to the property – owned by social housing provider Luminus – when he had an argument with his mother.

“The background is that on October 11 at about midday it seems that he [the teenager] was tidying his bedroom when his mother entered into conversation with him,” Paul Brown, prosecuting, said.

Mr Brown told the court that the boy’s mother wanted to know about a text message and plans between her son and his uncle.

“This triggered him to become angry and aggressive and he started to cause damage in the room, throwing everything and arguing with his mother,” Mr Brown added.

In all, the outside of the bedroom and a built-in cupboard were damaged during the incident and police were called to the property.

“He fully admitted that he had smashed up his room,” Mr Brown added.

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“His mother went downstairs to get away from the situation and when he was interviewed he accepted causing damage and said he was angry with his mum which is why he lost his temper.”

Mr Brown also read out a statement from Luminus, which said: “Damage of this sort results in us having less money available to provide homes and support communities where we work.”

In mitigation, David Potter told the court the teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, had admitted the offence at the first opportunity, and that he recognised his anger issues.

The teenager said: “I’m trying to turn over a new leaf and I want to have a normal life. It’s not fair for my family to see me like that.”

Chairman of the bench, Catherine Forrest told the defendant that he would not have to pay any compensation to the housing provider due to his limited income.

Instead, the teenager was given a 12-month extension to a current referral order, and ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

He will also have to page a £20 victim surcharge.

Ms Forrest said: “These reasons do not go on forever, and if you continue down these routes then you will be responsible and in other ways as well, so make sure this works.”