Dagenham boy, 16, guilty of kicking sister’s door down to take music cable

The boy's case was heard at Barkingside Magistrates' Court

The boy's case was heard at Barkingside Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A boy who could not find a cable to listen to music kicked his sister’s door down and broke into her padlocked drawer to take hers, a court has heard.

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court was told how the 16-year-old from Dagenham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, became irate when he could not find his cannabis grinder at his family home.

He then asked his mum for cigarettes and, when denied, took one anyway and threw it at it her before marching upstairs.

When he was unable to find his auxiliary cable to listen to music, he messaged his sister asking to borrow hers – but she refused.

He then broke into her room and sent her a picture of the scene.

His dad, who attended the case on Wednesday last week, said: “He can be a good lad. It’s just he has to learn to accept the word ‘no’.”

The boy himself said he was sorry, regretted the actions and conceded he had been “out of control”.

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Chief magistrate David Hartshorn gave the defendant, who pleaded guilty, a 12-month conditional discharge so he had something “hanging over” him.

“I take into account this happened in a family context,” he said. “It was a stupid thing to do. Behave yourself and stop kicking doors in.”