Vandal in court for car damage

A VANDAL must do 50 hours unpaid work for the benefit of the community after claiming his aunt’s death shocked him into smashing wing mirrors on three cars.

Jobless Thomas Dickinson, 20, caused the damage while walking down a street soon after being bereaved, a court has heard.

A passer-by heard a noise and one of the car owners realised what was happening, Christopher Gabbitas, prosecuting told the court in Derby.

Dickinson of Street Lane, Denby admitted two counts of causing criminal damage on November 23.

As well as the community work, he must obey a nightly curfew for a month, the court decided.

Mr Gabbitas told Derby Crown Court: “The defendant said he was responsible for causing the damage as his auntie had just passed away and he was angry.”

Police agreed to deal with the matter through their “restorative justice” system when he agreed to pay for repairs.

But he could only afford to pay for one damaged vehicle and so he was charged with damaging the other two.

He ended up in the crown court because he was in breach of a 52-week suspended prison sentence imposed for burglary.

Judge Michael Fowler ordered him to pay £200 towards repairs and said he accepted Dickinson’s explanation that he was suffering from “emotional shock.”

But the judge added: “In some ways, it is disrespectful to the memory or your aunt.”

Clive Stockwell, mitigating, said Dickinson had recently been made redundant and had just started to receive jobseeker’s allowance.

He was allowed to pay the repair bill at a rate of £10 a fortnight.