Released prisoner hurled rock through window

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A MAN hurled a rock through a shop window because he wanted to go back to prison.

Patrick Harris admitted a single charge of criminal damage after smashing the window of an Ena Mill store in Atherton on October 9.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how he hurled a large rock at the window, which not only smashed the glass but damaged a wardrobe inside.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said around £1,000 worth of damage was caused.

Harris, 35, of Stansfield Street, Blackburn, then phoned the police operator to admit the offence.

In interview, he told how he was determined to go “cold turkey” from illicit drugs but was left suffering withdrawal symptoms.

He claimed he committed the offence because he wanted to go back to prison.

Melissa Fagan, defending, asked for him to be given credit for his guilty plea and admitted he had got himself “into a state”.

She added that he provided a negative drugs test at the police station.

Magistrates handed him an eight-week curfew and ordered him to pay £500 compensation.