Convict smiled as he caused £36,000 damage to prison roof during six hour stand-off

Jonathon Smith - picture from West Midlands Police
Jonathon Smith – picture from West Midlands Police

*A case from Birmingham Crown Court featured in The Express & Star

A convict had ‘a smile on his face’ as he caused nearly £36,000 of damage to tiles and windows during a rooftop protest at G4S run Birmingham Prison.

Jonathon Smith scaled the roof of the library at the Winson Green unit sparking a six-and-half hour stand-off last November.

Birmingham Crown Court heard ‘jovial’ Smith, 22, tore up tiles, smashed skylights and chimneys during the protest over an adjourned parole hearing.

The thug, jailed for causing grievous bodily harm in October 2012, even threatened to start a fire with torn up wood.

Witnesses at the time described how he threw the torn up tiles from the roof onto the ground below.

He was only talked down after specialist officers from the National Tactical Response Group were called to the G4S prison.

Previously of Bilston, Smith, a dad-of-one, pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal damage.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Nicholas Cole said; “You caused extensive damage to the library roof for reason only you ultimately know.

“It seems you were dissatisfied because you thought you should be paroled earlier.

“You behaved in a childish and infantile manner, going on to the roof to protest about it.

“You cause damage, I am told, with a smile on your face.

“At one stage you threatened to have a barbecue, that was taken as a serious threat because you gathered wood together.

“It is an aggravating feature this offence was committed in prison, to prison property causing significant disruption.”

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