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Intoxicated man must pay for breaking pane of glass

A 37-year-old car washer, who was intoxicated when he broke a pane of glass, has two weeks to compensate his victim.

Devon Mario Sampson, of 3rd Avenue, Chapman Lane, St Michael, damaged the property belonging to Glen Harvey on November 2.

Harvey rents rooms to individuals, including a woman who Sampson is familiar with.

On the day in question, the woman informed him that she was not feeling well and closed the door leaving him in the gallery.

Moments later she heard the sound of breaking glass and realized that the glass on the door was broken and Sampson was bleeding. She reported the matter when he asked for help with his injured hand.

“He was intoxicated and didn’t know what he was doing. Thankfully no one was hurt but himself. In his moment of sobriety he has realized that alcohol is not his friend and any company he should keep,” Sampson’s attorney Mohia Ma’at told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

In his submissions for leniency, he
also urged the magistrate not impose a custodial sentence but an order of compensation on his client, who is a car washer at the YMCA.

The magistrate complied and requested that Sampson pays $100 in compensation in two weeks, otherwise he will have to spend six weeks in prison.

Sampson was also placed on a yearlong bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

If he breaches the order and is found guilty of any crime during that time he will face a $750 forthwith fine or three months imprisonment.

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