A MAN who damaged a hostel window and carried a large shard of glass as a weapon has been jailed for six months.

James Michael Hull, of no fixed address, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to the offences at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates' Court.

Hull, 38, pleaded guilty to damaging a window in a room at the Salvation Army Hostel on Phoenix Brow, St Helens on Tuesday, August 18.

Hull also indicated a guilty plea to having an offensive weapon with him in a public place at the Salvation Army Hostel on the same date, namely a "large shard of glass".

He also admitted to having a small bag of heroin in his possession.

The 38-year-old was given an immediate six-month prison sentence for possession of the shard of glass.

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A court document said only a prison sentence was justified "having regard to the serious nature of the offence and minimum mandatory sentence".

Hull was given a two-week concurrent sentence for the criminal damage to a window.

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The Salvation Army building, Salisbury House, on Phoenix Brow

The 38-year-old was also ordered to pay £200 in compensation for the criminal damage to property belonging to the Salvation Army.

He was given another two-week concurrent term for the heroin possession.

Hull's guilty pleas were taken into account upon sentencing.