Desperate smoker smashed up pizza shop which refused him cigarettes

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A SMOKER smashed up a pizza shop with beer bottles because he couldn’t get a cigarette.

Curtis Clark walked into Classic Pizza in Concord late on June 20, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Having fallen out with his girlfriend, the pair loitered inside the Front Street takeaway for about five minutes before he asked staff for cigarettes, the court was told.

When none were forthcoming, Clark, 23, of Kingsdale Avenue, Usworth, walked outside and threw a bottle at the front window, prosecutor Glenda Beck said.

Not content with a smashed window, the part-time barman then threw a second bottle through the open door, smashing a TV.

“He was asked why he’d done it,” Mrs Beck said. “There was no answer, and the couple walked away.”

She said the shop owner had valued the damaged TV at £360 and the window cost £250 to repair. Clark was last before the court in December 2010 for smashing a window at Washington job centre. He pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

Peter Thubron, mitigating, said: “He’s had something to drink. He believes there was a disagreement between him and his girlfriend.

“He accepts he threw the bottle through the window and the second one through the door, that hit the TV. He admitted it to police straight away.”

Mr Thubron asked the bench to impose a conditional discharge.

“It would be a warning to him that the next time you have an argument, go home. It’s much cheaper,” he said.

Clark was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and was told to pay £300 compensation, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.