A HOMELESS man smashed a window to get arrested because he was hungry, a court heard.
Peter Davison, 48, of no fixed address, admitted a criminal damage charge after using a rucksack to smash the window of the Square Cafe, on St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge on July 13.
Lisa Beadle, prosecuting, told Calderdale magistrates: “When he was arrested he stated he planned to cause damage because he was homeless and was hungry and wanted to be arrested.”
Elise Hatton, mitigating, said Davison suffers from mental health problems and has had his benefits axed after failing to make appointments.
The court heard Davison has a ‘care of’ address for post but would go days without checking it.
Mrs Hatton said: “He really is in some dire straits.
“The reason behind this offence was simply he needed something to eat and didn’t know of any alternative.”
Magistrates gave Davison a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £250 compensation, saying he should apply for his benefits to be reinstated.