Man sentenced for smashing garage window, assault and drugs offences

33-year-old Ben Horton was sentenced at Stevenage Magistrates' Court this morning. Picture: DANNY LO

40-year-old Mark Clacken was fined for a number of different offences. - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

A Stevenage man has been found guilty of assault, drugs possession and smashing a window at a petrol station in the town.

Mark Clacken, of Ripon Road, faced Stevenage Magistrates' Court on Monday last week after being charged with a handful of offences over the last two years.

The court heard how the 40-year-old smashed a window at an Esso petrol station on Christmas Eve 2019. He pleaded guilty, was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £300 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

That same day, Clacken assaulted a man by beating - he didn't admit the offence in court but was found guilty, fined £60 and ordered to pay £50 in compensation. 

At court, Clacken also pleaded guilty to being in possession of seven small bags of cocaine on May 2, last year. He was fined £120.

Chairman of the bench, Cheryl Wright, ordered Clacken to pay the £610 total by February 8, 2021. 

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