Local News & Archive — July 18, 2016 at 10:27 pm — Updated: July 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Man fined for Rhyl high street smashing spree

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A man who smashed through the windows of eight shops and restaurants on Rhyl’s high street has been told to pay nearly £7,000 in fines and costs.

A court heard Johnathan Harrison was drunk and high on drugs when he went on the rampage in the town centre in the early hours of Monday 4th July, kicking through the windows with his foot. He admitted eight counts of criminal damage.

A probation officer told Llandudno magistrates that Harrison (27) had moved to Rhyl from Stockport six months ago and had been working as a floor layer. It’s believed he was suffering from agitated depression and he had been taking cannabis daily and cocaine weekly.

He had accepted he needed assistance to help tackle his problems with drugs and alcohol.

When interviewed, Harrison told police that he had paid £45 at a pub for cocaine, which he found ”livens him up and stops him being drunk”, but on the night of the incident, it had a different effect. He could not recall what happened but he had a vision of kicking a window with his foot. Prosecutors said he didn’t intend to cause damage and didn’t understand why he did it.

The defence said Harrison’s sister had died in tragic circumstances last year and was still under police investigation. When his family were told that someone had been charged, he went ‘out of control’ and what happened on the night of 4th July was ‘out of character’.

Harrison was described as a hard working and respected man from a good family, who travelled daily to Stockport to carry out his £1500-a-month job.

In total, Harrison was ordered to pay £6,841. He must pay £6,671 to Age Cymru, Costa, Greggs, McDonalds, Poundland, the Piazza Cafe, the Queen’s Restaurant and Subway, as well as £170 in court costs.

Harrison was also placed on a year-long community order, including six months of drugs rehabilitation, 15 days of activity and 60 hours of unpaid work.

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