Teenager to repay charity after smashing up its Portsmouth flat

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A TEENAGER has been ordered to pay compensation after he smashed up the flat he was living in, which was being provided by a charity.

Callum Laing was staying in a flat in Clive Road, Fratton, which was owned by Key 2 Futures, a charity that helps young people leaving local authority care.

The 18-year-old had been living at the flat for four months after the charity helped him when he become homeless, when the police were called to his home by a staff member on July 15.

Laing, a father-of-one, appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Prosecuting Marie Fittall said Laing had damaged a coffee table, television stand, ripped a faux leather sofa and punched holes in five doors, which totalled £720 in damage.

Defending Liyen Eden said the incident had been a ‘one-off’ after Laing had received bad news from his ex-partner.

The court heard that Laing was subsequently made homeless again, but he is now living with his father, in Pine Road, Bishop’s Waltham, and working as his full-time carer.

Chairwoman of the magistrates Pauline Tilt ordered Laing to pay £600 compensation to the charity and do 24 hours at an attendance centre.