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Comic Hurst fined for phone smash

Lee Hurst said he would do it again

Comedian Lee Hurst has been fined for smashing a mobile phone belonging to an audience member during a stand-up gig.

Hurst, 46, who lives in Limehouse, east London, admitted a charge of criminal damage at Guildford Magistrates' Court.

He said he initially denied committing the offence on 3 September because the prosecution had the wrong date.

Mr Hurst said he had broken the handset at The Stoke pub in Guildford, Surrey because he was angry that someone might be stealing his material.

The comedian said mobile phone footage often ended up on internet sites such as You Tube.

'Prosecution mistakes'

Hurst also accused writers of recording his material so they could copy his jokes and sell them to television shows.

He told Guildford Magistrates Court the prosecution had made mistakes because of its haste to bring the case against a celebrity.

Once the date was corrected, Hurst said: "I plead guilty. I was never going to lie."

They also got his date of birth wrong - putting 1952 instead of 1962, causing the comedian to joke "I've already done ten years".

The former star of TV quiz They Think It's All Over was fined 60, and ordered to pay compensation of 80 and 87 costs.

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