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Witney teenager spared jail for damaging Oxford railway station doors
11:30am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A TEENAGER from Witney has avoided a prison sentence after he kicked and punched in two sets of glass doors at Oxford railway station.
Bradley Livingstone, 18, of Winchester Court, admitted causing damage at 5.20am on May 25, which cost £6,432.38 to repair.
He was sentenced at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Hannah Horne, of the Probation Service, said: “He puts the offending down to the fact he was drunk and frustrated with the fact he could not get home.”
She said Livingstone, who is unemployed, was “embarrassed by what had happened”.
Mark Dixon, defending, said: “Custody would be disproportionately damaging to him and his family.”
A cousin had recently been injured in a car crash and his sister is in secure accommodation.
He added that Livingstone could not have got home if the station was open, because trains do not run to Witney.
The chairman of the magistrates’ bench, Tim Pocock, said: “We were quite convinced that we would send you immediately to custody. Because of the representations made, we are not going to send you to prison today but we are going to make a fairly hefty community order.”
Livingstone was given a 12-month community order, a curfew from 8pm to 6am for six months, and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.
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