Louth man caused £700 of damage to car while drunk

Aylesbury magistrates' court
Aylesbury magistrates' court
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A 34-year-old Louth man who went out for a drink for the first time in eight years, kicked a car causing more than £700 worth of damage, a court has been told.

Stephen Mark Law, of Chatsworth Drive, admitted causing the damage to a car belonging to Kevin Harrison, when he appeared before magistrates at Skegness.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that at 5.15am on February 22, the owner of the car, who was a resident of Harewood Crescent, Louth, was woken up by a loud bang and saw someone outside the house.

Police were called and found Law in a ‘drunken state’ sitting on the back door step of Mr Harrison’s house.

When he was interviewed he said he could not remember anything about the incident but, when shown photographs, admitted he had kicked the door panel of the car.

Mitigating, Gary Farmer said it was Law’s first time going out for a drink in eight years and he had not had a drink since.

He said Law ‘possibly’ went over the top or someone ‘dropped something in his drink’.

Mr Farmer said Law, who has no previous convictions, could remember nothing of what happened but accepted full responsibility for it.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Law to pay £703 in compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.