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Job seeker fined for smashing window

PUBLISHED: 00:22 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A DEAF man who was frustrated and desperate for full time work, kicked a window at an Ipswich Job Centre and broke it.

David Woods of Pleasant Row, Ipswich, admitted criminal damage at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court after breaking the 2ft square pane of glass in Portman Road.

A DEAF man who was frustrated and desperate for full time work, kicked a window at an Ipswich Job Centre and broke it.

David Woods of Pleasant Row, Ipswich, admitted criminal damage at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court after breaking the 2ft square pane of glass in Portman Road.

Prosecutor Roger Pinfold told the court Woods was getting frustrated at the Job Centre in August after trying to get information.

When he left the building he kicked the pane of glass with his heel.

In a police interview, Woods, who has previous convictions, told officers he meant to kick the £62.72 glass but didn't intend to smash it. He added he found staff there unhelpful.

In mitigation, Hugh Rowland, said the 24-year-old went to the Job Centre with his girlfriend after he didn't receive his giro on a Wednesday but staff told him it would arrive two days later.

When the cheque didn't come he went back to the job centre. "He got the impression the person he spoke to found the incident amusing and laughed at him," said Mr Rowland.

While he was there Woods looked up jobs on the computer.

An interview was fixed for a labouring job but when Woods asked the advisor to call back about his disability, the employer refused to interview him.

He went to see his solicitor who wasn't in, so went back to the Job Centre to complain but felt nobody was interested so he kicked out at the glass as he left the building.

He was fined £50, ordered to pay £62.74 compensation for the window and told to pay £30 towards costs.


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