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One month’s jail for a man who asked for two

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A MAN smashed the window of a stationary States police van – causing hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage – just so he could go to prison, the Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday.

Leon David Chevalier Picture: STATES OF JERSEY POLICE

Leon David Chevalier was jailed for one month after admitting one count of causing malicious damage but pleaded with Relief Magistrate David Le Cornu, presiding, for a two-month jail term instead.

Mr Le Cornu described the defendant’s offending as ‘quite unacceptable’ and said he ‘never learns his lesson’.

‘I sentence you to one month in prison,’ the Relief Magistrate said.

Speaking from the dock, the defendant replied: ‘Can you make it two please, sir?’

‘You will go to prison for one month,’ replied Mr Le Cornu.

Outlining the case, Centenier Danny Scaife, of St Helier, said that between 11.30pm and 11.50pm on Saturday 18 May, Chevalier threw a rock through the driver’s window of a large white States police van as it was parked outside the station on Route du Fort.

The rock smashed the driver’s window and then went through the passenger’s window. When an officer came out to find Chevalier, the defendant told them: ‘I worked hard on that. A rather large stone went through it.’

Mr Scaife said that the defendant, who is from Jersey, had ensured that no one was around when he committed the offence and his ‘primary concern’ was not to hurt anyone.

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He also told the court that Chevalier had told officers he had committed the offence because he was in a ‘transitional period’ in his life and ‘prison was the best place for him to be held’.

Although the official cost of the damage is unknown at the moment, Mr Scaife told the court it was expected to be in the region of £600 to £700. No application for compensation was made.

Advocate Adam Harrison, defending, said the facts of the case were straightforward and conceded there was little he could offer in the way of mitigation for his client.

The advocate said Chevalier had pleaded guilty, had seemingly taken efforts to ensure no one was injured and had expressed remorse for his actions.

Jack Maguire

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