Pair smashed window with extinguisher

A COUPLE used a fire extinguisher to smash the downstairs window of a Bridlington woman’s home.

Wayne Arthur Barmby, 35, and Jourjina Leckie, 28, both of Tennyson Avenue, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Bridlington Magistrates Court last week.

Heather Levitt, prosecuting, told magistrates that witnesses heard a loud noise on Haslemere Avenue at around 11pm on April 29.

“Looking out of his window, the witness saw Barmby and Leckie walking down the street towards the house of Deborah Marshall,” said Ms Levitt.

“The pair had a fire extinguisher between them, and Leckie picked it up and threw it over her shoulder against the downstairs bay window of the property.

“At this point the window hadn’t smashed, so Barmby then picked up the fire extinguisher and swung it around, letting it go and smashing the window.”

When police arrived, neighbours pointed out the address which Barmby and Leckie had gone into.

Ms Levitt continued: “Barmby admitted he swung the extinguisher around, but said he did not mean to smash the window. He did admit he acted recklessly.”

Mitigating, Ed Cunnah said that the incident was related to a disagreement between the victim and defendants, as it is alleged that Ms Marshall had made “less than sympathetic comments” about one of Leckie’s friends, who had recently lost a baby.

“The pair had not planned to go to that address, but found themselves outside Ms Marshall’s house and this reminded them of the hurtful comments,” said Mr Cunnah.

“They then decided to throw the fire extinguisher and smash the bay window, and this was added to by the disinhibiting effects of drink.

“They both realise that this behaviour is unacceptable, but it was very much a one off incident.”

Presiding magistrate Sue Akrill gave both Barmby and Leckie a community order for 12 months with a requirement to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work.

The pair will also pay costs of £85 and compensation of £178 each.