Repeat police vehicle window smasher jailed again for same crime

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Leon David Chevalier (40) appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after committing the offence on 10 June.

It follows another incident in May which resulted in him being sentenced to one month in prison. During the latest sentencing hearing he asked Relief Magistrate David Le Cornu if he could be jailed for two months.

Police legal adviser Paul Lee told the court how, on 10 June, officers in the States police control room received a call informing them that someone had smashed the driver’s side window of a police vehicle while it was parked outside the force’s headquarters.

Following this, officers reviewed CCTV footage and recognised Chevalier – who had reported the incident – committing the offence.

He was seen to twice throw a rock, which he had taken from the beach, at the vehicle’s window before smashing it on the third attempt.

During police interview he explained that he committed the offence as he wanted to go to prison and had done the same thing before but had not
received a long enough sentence.

Advocate Heidi Heath, defending, said that her client wanted to go to prison and that he was currently not in a position to pay any compensation order.

‘His primary regard, if at all possible, is to go to prison, where he will engage with Probation,’ she said.

Magistrate Bridget Shaw then asked Advocate Heath why her client wanted to be imprisoned.

Advocate Heath responded: ‘I do not have an answer to that regard, madam.’

Mrs Shaw sentenced Chevalier to two months in jail and ordered him to pay a £300 compensation order immediately. If he does not pay, Chevalier will serve an extra three weeks in prison.

She said: ‘While you are in custody, the Probation Service are happy to meet with you and you need to start sorting out what you are going to do when you are released, where you are going to stay and what job you are going to do.

‘This is not a lifestyle where you just commit offences and go to prison. You need to work with the Probation Service.’

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