Reveller punished for damaging parked car

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A REVELLER is £400 out of pocket and must complete 80 hours of unpaid work after damaging a parked car.

The fingerprints of Michael Thomas Williams, 22, were found on a Volkswagen Polo after its owner reported damage to the police.

The owner had parked in North Drive, in Hartlepool on Monday, June 11, but returned the following morning to find both doors of the car unlocked, the steering column damaged and that he was unable to turn on the ignition.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how after police and scene of crime officers attended the scene, Williams, of Eddleston Walk, in Hartlepool, was arrested but when he was interviewed he said he couldn’t remember much of it because he had taken drugs.

Stuart Haywood, mitigating, said: “In terms of this offence, it wasn’t a targeted attack.

“He hadn’t set out to target the vehicle and I hope you can see that it was the influence of drugs.

“Mr Williams is a young man who realises that he is young enough to turn his life around.

“He couldn’t remember this incident but was candid enough to admit it and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”

Williams was given a community order for 12 months with 12 months supervision.

He must carry out 80 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £400 compensation.