Teenager ‘thrashed’ hostel room after he thought he was getting ‘weekly living allowance’ cash but instead received vouchers

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A teenager “thrashed” his room in a hostel after he thought he was going to get his weekly living allowance from a social worker but instead received vouchers.

Levi Kirkpatrick (18), from the Simon Community Mount Street Mews Hostel in Coleraine, appeared in the town’s Magistrates Court on Monday and admitted causing criminal damage to a kettle, bin and heating thermostat.

A prosecutor said police attended the hostel on July 30 this year after it was reported that the defendant was “thrashing” his room and they found furniture had been overturned and items damaged.

The court heard a social worker had been with Kirkpatrick earlier in the day to give him a weekly living allowance and the defendant became “agitated”.

Defence solicitor Sam Barr said Kirkpatrick believed he was due to receive money from Social Services and instead of cash he was told he was getting vouchers and “took his frustrations out”.

Mr Barr said his client is now living with a sister.

Kirkpatrick was fined £100 and ordered to pay £30 compensation for damage caused.

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