Teen trashes YMCA room

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A teenager was in a “very emotional state” when he trashed a room at the YMCA in Malton, a court heard.

Thomas Marshall, 18, formerly of Cherry Avenue, Malton, smashed a window and furniture following an argument with his sister in which she said things about their family which upset him.

Catherine Turnbull, prosecuting, told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court that the damage was estimated at £500.

But the court heard that, since the incident, Marshall had moved to Manchester to live with his father where there was the prospect of some work as an apprentice shop fitter.

Mitigating, Robert Vining said that Marshall had been living with his mother, but that there were few job opportunities in the Malton area.

He said that on the day of the offence Marshall had been drinking a type of alcohol which “he was not accustomed to,” and that he had acted in a “totally ridiculous fashion.”

He added: “The defendant felt upset about what his sister was saying about members of the family. He picked something up and threw it at the window.

“He was crying and in a very emotional state when the police arrived at the hostel.”

Marshall pleaded guilty to criminal damage and was ordered to pay compensation of £500 to the YMCA.

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