Full of drink and anger, teen takes knockback as a cue to bash in windows

DRUNK Albury apprentice painter Brendon Horvath wasn’t happy when refused entry to Groove Saint nightclub.

So he punched windows at three Dean Street premises. That has left him more than $4700 poorer after magistrate Tony Murray dealt with him in Albury Local Court yesterday.

Mr Murray said the last thing businesses doing it tough needed was broken windows.

“You are very lucky you did not hurt yourself,” Mr Murray told Horvath.

Horvath, 19, of Kemp Street, Lavington, pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious damage.

After being refused entry to Groove Saint about 10.30pm on November 9, Horwath walked east on Dean Street and smashed a glass panel at Adventure Gear. He did the same to windows at Thai Grand Palace and The Essential Ingredient.

Patrolling police, told of his antics, saw he was using a black T-shirt to staunch the blood flow from his right hand.

Horvath was unsteady on his feet, his speech slurred and he smelt of alcohol.

He argued with police but did not admit breaking the windows, but after police ordered him to move on, two witnesses told them what they had seen.

Solicitor Travis Johnson said a remorseful Horvath had drunk too much — “he has never been before a court before”, he said.

Mr Murray fined him $1500 and ordered that he pay $3211.31 compensation. He also ordered Horvath to have his fingerprints taken at the police station.

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