Schizophrenic breaks gate in paranoid rage

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A schizophrenic who believed his neighbour was trying to get into his house wrecked his garden gate in a drunken rage, a court was told.

Daniel Hobbs was spotted shouting and swearing drunkenly in the garden, in King Street, Boston, on January 26, before the man who lived there heard ‘a loud crash’ as the gate broke, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told.

His solicitor said he was in the midst of a paranoid episode when he broke the gate as a result of drinking a large amount of cider. On Wednesday, the 31-year-old pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told magistrates that Hopps had been antagonising his neighbour by banging on his door and being noisy for several years.

He added: “In interview he said he did it on purpose because his neighbour has been coming around to his house and trying his door.

“He accepted he had drunk some litres of cider.”

Hopps, who lives in King Street, has 89 previous conviction on his record, many related to theft or drug incidents.

He is currently on a community order for shop thefts.

Mitigating, Beris Brickles said these merely highlighted the problem of his schizophrenic client, who is also a recovering heroin addict.

He told the court that in breaking his heroin addiction, he had turned to alcohol, adding: “A side-effect of taking alcohol is that it diminishes the effect of the medication. This was committed as he was in drink and because he was suffering a paranoid upset. He preceived his neighbour was trying to get into his house”

He was given a nine-month community order and told to pay £50 compensation and a £60 surcharge.