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Carlisle man admits criminal damage charge

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Carlisle man has received an “absolute discharge” from a judge after spending 10-weeks in prison on remand.

Stephen Antony Bell, aged 44, appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court via a video-link, he pleaded guilty to four offences of criminal damage.

District Judge Gerald Chalk was told Bell had caused damage to a TV stand belonging to his mother on March 31, then on May 21 smashed a window at his parents home, also criminal damage on June 13 by causing damage to items in his parents front room.

Bell of Petteril Terrace, Carlisle, also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to two-parked vehicles on June 1 in Carlisle, he caused damage to a Vauxhall Corsa which amounted to £150 and damage to a Volkswagen Polo amounting to £120.

Bell apologised and said he accidentally kicked the cars, the court was informed Bell has mental health issues.

His parents attended court to show their support for Stephen.

Bell has to pay compensation for the damage to both cars, he was given an absolute discharge for the four offences, his parents did not want any compensation, for damage within their home, he will now be released from prison.

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