Drunk Ilkeston man smashed flats up

NEWS from Nottingham Crown Court.
NEWS from Nottingham Crown Court.

A property worker caused £12,933 damage to a block of flats after downing ten pints of lager while celebrating his birthday, a court heard.

Senior negotiator Connor Pritchett was so drunk he could not remember smashing a lift’s control panel, fire doors and entrances to three flats in a former textile mill.

He was ordered to pay the £1,000 excess on the insurance policy covering the complex. Pritchett, 23, of Sunningdale Avenue, Kirk Hallam admitted damaging property valued at £12,933.

Deputy District Judge Vee Monro told him: “You would not be best pleased if someone attacked your property in that way. It is ironic you have done this to a similar property.”

Pritchett, who works for a lettings agency, told her: “I am passionate about it. I understand what I have done and really this is emotional for me.” He was ordered to do 180 hours community work.

Details of the case were given at the magistrates’ court in Nottingham after damage to the Hicking building on Queen’s Road in the city on December 12.

Using a metal bar, he smashed a control panel inside a lift, damaged fire doors and entrances to three flats, said Dilaor Miah, prosecuting.

“He set off the fire alarm. The fire brigade and the police attended and the defendant was still inside the flat complex. He still had a metal pole.

“He got into the residential flat complex having been ejected by door staff at Hooters, which is next door. He said that he had started drinking at mid-day and consumed ten pints of lager before he lost his memory.

“He was at Hooters around 9.30pm but doesn’t recall being ejected or the reason he entered the flats complex. He accepts full responsibility for the damage but has no recollection of his actions,” added Mr Miah.

Paul Wright, mitigating, said Pritchett had already sought help from an alcohol advisory service in Derbyshire and accepted he risked jail.

“On that night, he had been out with friends celebrating his birthday. He had huge quantities. He self-referred for help as a consequence of this incident and it shows how remorseful he is.

“He has struggled to come to terms with the events and since then he has been a changed man in terms of his behaviour. The events of the night before hit him in the morning.

“The silver lining is that he has learnt a lot about himself,” added Mr Wright.

Pritchett must also pay £85 prosecution costs and clear the court bill at £100 monthly.