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Man arrested for punching and smashing windows of disused school building in Fakenham

By Lynn News Reporter

A man has admitted punching and smashing three windows of a disused school building in Fakenham.

Lynn magistrates were told on Monday that the incident involving Stuart James Steele at the old Fakenham Academy site was connected to his mental health issues.

Jane Walker, prosecuting said the school caretaker had spotted blood on the glass.

DNA collected by police was matched with 25-year-old Steele, of Eckersley Drive, who was arrested.

25-year-old man arrested for smashing windows of old school building in Fakenham
25-year-old man arrested for smashing windows of old school building in Fakenham

Miss Walker told the bench Steele had made full admissions to the police when interviewed, telling them he had punched three windows in an attempt to cut his arm.

She added: “He was aware that there had been many windows broken at the site but said he wasn’t responsible.

“His intention had been to cut his arm open. After punching three windows, he went home.”

Steele pleaded guilty to a single charge of criminal damage sometime between January 31 and February 4.

Miss Walker told the court that Steele had been in prison last year, following three offences in June – one of which was also criminal damage.

Mitigating, Rob New said his client suffered from mental health difficulties.

He said: “He has times of being very animated and times of periods of despair.

“Having left custody it’s been difficult to find employment but he’s still trying to. He’s not claiming benefits because he doesn’t want to be a burden to society.”

Magistrates ordered Steele to pay £400 compensation.

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