Man smashes council window

AN ITINERANT man has pleaded guilty to smashing a window of the Richmond Valley Council office in Evans Head.

Anthony Towns, 44, whose previous address was care of the Lismore Soup Kitchen, and before that in Revesby, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to maliciously destroying property (a plate glass window) belonging to the council on September 28, 2009.

Defence lawyer Ben Cochrane confirmed the plea to the charge when the prosecution mentioned an unrelated charge of maliciously damaging property with intent to endanger the life of Dhynesh Gunther in Lismore at 12.40am on October 31 last year.

Towns is accused of deliberately lighting a fire beneath a Lismore house while a group of teenagers was inside.

It was previously revealed in court Towns had been visiting Lismore at the time of the house fire incident because a friend was about to give birth.

The Director of Public Prosecutions representative said there were still some outstanding matters in malicious damage charge, with the case set to proceed later in the year.

Towns was previously granted conditional bail to live in Forster, but remains in custody until he can meet the bail conditions.

In the Evans Head matter, Towns smashed the council window with a metal bar.

The window ‘exploded’ in the office where council ranger Daniel Dowdy was seated. He told police he saw Towns standing outside with a bar before running off.

The case was adjourned to next month.

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