Alford man to serve night time curfew after causing thousands of pounds worth of damage

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A 21-year-old Alford man who did thousands of pounds worth of damage to two cars by jumping on them, will serve a night time curfew for the next two months, a court has ordered.

Jacob Andrew Baines of Bourne Road in Alford, admitted causing £990 worth of damage to a Vauxhall Corsa belonging to Sarah Lithgow and also writing off a £5,000 Kia Creed belonging to Kevin Gray when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

He also admitted possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that at 8.30pm on November 26, Mrs Lithgow was driving her car in Finsbury Street in Alford when she saw Baines in the middle of the road.

She stopped the car and he banged on her bonnet and jumped onto the roof. He also ripped off her wing mirror and threw a coping stone though the rear window.

Mr Todd said the car, which was worth £990, had had to be written off by the insurance company. He said Baines then left her and jumped onto the roof of a parked Kia car and caused substantial damage to the roof and this car was also written off.

He said there was a ‘history’ between Baines and Mrs Lithgow’s son but that he had no connection with Mr Gray.

When he was arrested he told the police he had drunk three cans of lager and had little sleep or to eat in the previous few days and could only vaguely remember jumping on a car.

He also voluntarily handed over a small quantity of cannabis which had been in his possession.

Mitigating, Helen Coney said Baines had got into a dispute in a shop and had been chased into the road where he impacted with the first car, although at a very low speed.

She said he had a background of drinking and there were mental health problems for which he had contacted his GP.

After hearing from the Probation Service, the magistrates imposed a 12-month community order with supervision and a rehabilitation activity for up to 20 days as well as an electronically monitored curfew between 9pm and 8am for the next two months.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £535 in costs, charges and compensation.