Angry man smashed probation window

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

A MAN who threw a bike lock through the window of a probation office has been handed a community order.

Robert James, 35, flew into a rage after a probation officer made an “unhelpful” comment and when outside the building picked up a bike lock and threw it through the window, injuring a man.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard that James, of Kermishaw Nook, Astley, suffered from mental health issues and was aware that he had problems with anger management.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said: “The victim had gone to the Atherton probabtion office for a meeting with his probation worker and had positioned himself with the window behind him.

“About 30 minutes into the meeting, he heard a loud smash and felt a bang on his head. He looked down and saw lots of glass and realised it was a bike lock that had hit him.

“As a result he has two large bumps on his head and is now scared to take his partner and child to the probation office.”

But Laura Baumanis, defending, said Jones had intended to throw the bike lock but not intentionally at the window and he did not know if anyone was in the room at the time.

She said: “Mr James had gone to the office to see a probation worker who had helped him recently.

“Towards the end of their meeting a colleague had come in and said something which probably didn’t help.

“Mr James left, frustrated with himself more than anyone else because he isn’t getting the help he needs and took his anger out by throwing the bike lock.

“He then cycled off but fearing he may have hurt someone, returned and told police what he had done.

“He has showed remorse since then and remains remorseful today.”

James, who had pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage and one of assault, was given a community order and ordered to pay a court charge of £150, compensation to the victim and to the probation office of £100 each.