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9.7m lottery winner given Asbo
Michael Carroll
Michael Carroll fired the ball bearings in a fit of anger
A 22-year-old man who won 9.7m on the lottery in 2002 has been given an anti- social behaviour order (Asbo) after admitting criminal damage.

Magistrates in King's Lynn told Michael Carroll, of Downham Market, Norfolk, that the order would run for two years.

The court heard Carroll caused 3,000 of damage by firing ball bearings from a catapult at cars and windows.

He admitted three charges of criminal damage and asked for 29 others to be taken into consideration.

'Sense of injustice'

Magistrates' chairman Sophie Archer said 32 people had been seriously inconvenienced by Carroll's behaviour and those living in the area needed protecting from it.

Carrol was told if he broke the two-year Asbo he could be jailed.

Nick Crampton, prosecuting, said it had been a spree of criminal damage committed over a short period of time when he had been drinking.

Neil Meachem, for Carroll, told the court the offences had happened when Carroll had been angry with an uncle he thought had been responsible for a burglary at his home.

"Mr Carroll felt a great sense of injustice and a great sense of frustration," said Mr Meachem.

He said Carroll had admitted the offences to the police at the first opportunity and Carroll had not been in trouble for 12 to 14 months.

Driving offences

Carroll's Asbo applies to the district of King's Lynn - that encompasses Downham Market, Swaffham and King's Lynn.

He was also given 240 hours' community service and ordered to pay 3,628 in compensation and 45 costs.

In July 2004, Carroll was jailed for five months for breaching a court order after failing to comply with a drugs treatment and testing order.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months after admitting driving offences.

The former dustman was electronically tagged for being drunk and disorderly at the time of his lottery win.

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