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Man avoids prison after dispute over money

Worcester Editorial 19th Sep, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A FORMER prolific offender has avoided jail after hurling a wheelie bin at a window following a dispute over money.

Ryan Obrey, 20, committed the crime on September 3 as he was serving a 12 month suspended sentence for previous offences including obstructing a train and three matters of common assault.

Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (September 13) Obrey, of Goodrest Close in Worcester, visited Chris Holder’s house at 8am after Holder allegedly stole £100 from Obrey’s aunt.

Obrey first confronted Holder’s mother, Gillian Holder, when he started banging on the front door and claimed he needed to speak to her son about the money owed, before throwing the bin towards the window which smashed the frame causing hundreds of pounds in damage.

Mark Sheward, defending Obrey, said his client has turned his life around in the past 12 months and this was just a minor blip.

“There was a time where he was here (Worcester Magistrates Court) all the time,” he said. “He would consistently use drugs and was off his head. When he came before the court he would fall asleep.

“He’s now distanced himself from those people he used to associate with.

“He’s found himself a girlfriend – who is a very stable influence on him – and mended a rift with his family.

“He is a very different person from the man who came before this court a year ago. He was simply trying to help his aunt who’d had money stolen from her.”

Magistrate John Taylor said he believed Obrey had indeed turned a corner and decided to extend his suspended sentence, which was due to expire in October, by a further six months.

Obrey was also ordered to pay £349.92 in compensation for the damaged window and £85 in court costs.

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