Vandals given community service

A PAIR of teenagers have been sentenced after causing close to $2000 damage in a destructive spree at a Warwick day-care centre.

Brandon Wayne Smith and his co-offender Samuel Leon Hoppe smashed lights, ripped a speaker from the roof and then smashed the items through the centre's bus.

Hoppe, 18, and 17-year-old Smith pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court this week to seven charges, including wilful damage, trespass and stealing.

The court heard the duo kicked off their evening on January 5 when Hoppe entered the front yard of a Warwick residence. He dragged a large pot plant over a fence and smashed it onto the road.

The teens continued on to the day-care centre and Hoppe entered the facility by jumping 1.8m high fence.

The court heard that once Hoppe was inside, he ripped a speaker from the building's roof and threw it through the day-care bus window.

Meanwhile, Smith kept himself busy by ripping four wall lights from their fixtures, which were also thrown through the bus window.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan recommended the teens - who both had no criminal history - be sentenced to a term of probation to uncover the reason behind their actions.

"It's not a stupid offence, it's a ridiculous offence," he said.

"We need someone to talk to these boys and see what is going on inside their heads."

Sgt Wiggan told the court the community of Warwick was sick of property being destroyed senselessly.

Defence lawyer for the pair, Phillip Crook, said his clients were "very drunk" at the time of the incident and had since co-operated with police.

The teens were each sentenced to 80 hours of community service and no conviction was recorded.

Hoppe was ordered to pay $917.65 restitution and Smith was ordered to pay $864.43.

Smith was ordered to pay an additional $141 for smashing the window of nearby shop.


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