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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Facebook Neknominate man ends up in court

A man damaged the canopy outside a pub after being Neknominated on Facebook.

Ryan Paul Greensmith, 20, was out drinking in the Border Rambler in Botchergate, Carlisle, with “noisy and quite drunk” friends when he pulled the canopy down as he left, Carlisle magistrates court heard.

Prosecutor Diane Jackson said Greensmith had been back in the city to care for his ill mother when he went out with friends.

After they left the pub they went to Lloyds, where the police later found him.

He admitted damaging the canopy.

Defence solicitor Geoff Clapp said Greensmith, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage, had been living in Manchester and “kept out of trouble”.

“He caused the damage as a dare,” he said. “He was nominated on Facebook to have a drink and do something silly.”

Mr Clapp said Greensmith, of Kingmoor Road, St Ann’s, wanted to apologise for the lapse.

Magistrates imposed a one-year community order, ordered him to complete 60 hours’ unpaid work and £100 compensation.

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