A man threw a brick at a Lynn shop window in a bid to get food from inside because he hadn’t eaten for two days.
Lucas Turnbull, 21, told police he had vandalised Bargain Buys in Broad Street after spending the money he had on rent and clearing debts.
But magistrates told him to pay £200 in compensation to the discount retailer, plus a £150 criminal courts charge, after he pleaded admitted criminal damage during a hearing yesterday.
They also predicted they “probably would” see him again after probation officers raised concerns about his drug use.
Earlier, the court had heard how Turnbull, now of Hillington Square, Lynn, was seen to twice throw the brick at the window on November 4, cracking the glass.
Police detained him shortly afterwards and Alison Cotterill, prosecuting, said: “He told the police he wanted to get in and get food. He said he hadn’t eaten for two days and his benefits had been used to pay rent and debts.”
Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said her client was currently living at a friend’s address and was facing a number of difficulties.
But probation officials told the bench he had a “huge problem” with cannabis and had been ordered to leave Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) accommodation after he was caught trying to sell drugs to other residents.