Man wanted to get arrested

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A man warned police that he was going to his mother’s house to cause damage so he could spend a night in the cells.

Wigan and Leigh magistrates heard how Billy Bibby had earlier been thrown out of the Forest Avenue address in Beech Hill after an argument and had nowhere to go.

On June 29, the 20-year-old went back to the house with the express intention of getting himself arrested, the hearing was told.

On arrival, he wrecked a table worth £225, belonging to his mother Emma Butler.

Prosecutor Alan Bakker said: “The defendant rang the police informing them that he was en route to his mother’s address, stating he intended to cause damage because he had been chucked out.

“He said his mother was in possession of his belongings and would not return them.

“Police arrived and found the defendant outside and he disclosed to officers that he had caused damage to a table at the rear of the address.

“The defendant says he asked to get himself locked up.

“He went round with the intention of trashing the car but it wasn’t there so he went around the back and trashed the table instead.”

Kathryn Lloyd, defending, said Bibby had got involved in a row with his mother after she didn’t give him back any of his benefits to spend.

Ms Lloyd also disputed the value of the damaged piece of furniture, saying the defendant had been there when it was purchased and it had cost significantly less than £225.

Mrs Lloyd said: “He had been paying all of his benefits to his mother for his lodgings.

“There had been an argument and she had thrown him out.

“He had nowhere to go so he rang the police and told them to come and arrest him.

“He had done it because he had nowhere to go.

“It is a sad set of circumstances.”

Bibby pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and was fined £80.

Justices also ordered him to pay compensation of £60 to his mothers as well as court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.