Shopper broke car mirror

A MAN lost his temper and punched a car wing mirror after getting into a row with shop staff.

Aaron Martin Littler – who has never appeared in court before – went into the Tesco store in Villiers Street, in the town centre of Hartlepool, with his brother who wanted to buy some cigarettes.

But the 22-year-old’s temper flared and he started swearing about some youngsters who were standing at the front of the shop asking adults to buy cigarettes for them.

And as a result of his behaviour shop staff told him to leave and he was sent from the store by security.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “The defendant had to be ejected from the store by security and once outside he was seen to punch the wing mirror of a Volkswagen Beetle motor vehicle causing the plastic casing to smash.

“The defendant was challenged by security staff but he made off and was found nearby inside the toilets of a local public house.

“He made off again prior to being detained by police and was arrested.”

He added: “In interview he said he’d been out for a few drinks with his brother and his brother needed cigarettes so went into Tesco.

“He said he left the store and in a moment of rage punched the car outside.”

Littler, of Church Street, Hartlepool, represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to criminal damage on September 20.

Chairman of the bench Barbara Sutherland fined him £70, ordered him to pay £85 costs, £100 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.