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Teen ordered to "stay out of trouble" after stealing black belt and headbutting McDonalds window

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Wednesday 23 November 2022

Teen ordered to "stay out of trouble" after stealing black belt and headbutting McDonalds window

Wednesday 23 November 2022


A 15-year-old who took vodka from three different shops, smashed a McDonalds window by headbutting it, and stole a black belt of "huge sentimental value" has been handed a probation order.

Sentencing the young man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, Magistrate Bridget Shaw yesterday described his actions as "quite outrageous".

The Youth Court heard that the teenager was on bail for the thefts of vodka and the malicious damage at the fast food restaurant when he stole a martial arts enthusiast's recently awarded jiu-jitsu black belt from a gym in St Helier.

Legal adviser Paul Lee said the teenager and an unnamed female took three bottles of vodka, worth £40.74 in total, from the Marks & Spencer food store in St. Martin on 7 May.

Six days later the pair stole two more bottles of the spirit, together worth £27.16, from Marks & Spencer in King Street.

And on 18 May they stole another two bottles from the Co-op in Charing Cross. Together they were worth £36.

Mr Lee said the damage to the glass door at McDonald's in Halkett Street happened on 21 June and was witnessed by a staff member.

"They saw a young male hit his head against the glass door and saw the glass had shattered in a spider's web pattern."

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Pictured: Magistrate Bridget Shaw described the offences as "quite outrageous" during the sentencing hearing.

Police later found the teenager in Millennium Park. Mr Lee said: "His eyes were bloodshot and he was confused. He tried to stand up but was in no fit state to look after himself."

Under interview, he admitted smashing the window and stealing the vodka but claimed not to know the female who had stolen it with him.

Mr Lee said that the youth was out on bail when he stole a jiu-jitsu robe and black belt from a gym in Bath Street on 1 August. He said: "The black belt had recently been awarded and was of huge sentimental value."

The belt and robe were together worth around £250 but have not been recovered.

The court was told that the teenager had a previous conviction for an attempted breaking and entering in August 2020.

Advocate Chris Baglin, defending, accepted that youth custody was an option for the court but suggested a probation order.

He said the teenager had entered guilty pleas to the four offences of theft and one of malicious damage at the earliest opportunity.

He had been drunk at the time of all of them but had not drunk alcohol since the summer.

"The fact that he is addressing that is I think a positive step," the advocate said.

The Magistrate told the teenager: "These offences are quite outrageous.

"It wasn't just stealing one bottle of beer. You stole again and again and again. It was a danger to you and the friends you were drinking it with."

Because the teenager is not working and so unable to pay for the missing black belt, she ordered him to work as part of a "restorative justice" programme.

She also said his progress with the 12-month probation order would be checked after three months, warning him: "We want to be impressed. Keep away from alcohol and keep out of trouble."

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