A MAN who caused more than £25,000 of damage to digital screens and shop windows in Bournemouth town centre has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Fermin Gerardo Tur-Torres, aged 45, appeared in court accused of causing criminal damage to Samsung LED screens in Old Christchurch Road and windows at Lush and another shop premises.

The incidents were said to have taken place on May 6, May 15 and June 10.

At a Poole Magistrates’ Court hearing on June 30, Tur-Torres, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage.

The court heard the damage to the screens, which belonged to Alight Brand Media, totalled £26,880. No figure was given for the damage at Lush or the other shop premises.

The defendant was committed to prison for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months.

Magistrates considered the offences crossed the custody threshold due to the high value of the damage and it being part of a serious criminal damage.

Tur-Torres’ sentence was suspended due to the “real prospect of rehabilitation” and his “good character”.

He was ordered to pay £300 compensation to Alight Brand Media.

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