Market Deeping man gave thumbs up to car owner as he damaged his vehicle

Boston Magistrates Court.
Boston Magistrates Court.
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A Market Deeping man was seen puncturing tyres and scraping the bodywork of two cars belonging to his neighbours, a court has heard.

Iain Armitage (30), of Godsey Lane, admitted four charges of causing damage and one of possessing a bladed article – a scalpel – when he appeared before magistrates at Boston.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood said one of his neighbours, Charlie Hirst, filmed Armitage puncturing all four tyres on his car and also scraping along both sides of his car while it was parked in the communal parking for cars in Godsey Lane.

He also saw him puncture all the tyres on another car, belonging to Claire Loosley, who lived next door to Armitage.

Mr Wood said that at one point, Armitage put his thumb up and smiled at Mr Hirst and then went back to damaging his car, which was so badly damaged it had to be ‘written off’ by the insurance company.

When police arrived, they found the scalpel at Armitage’s address and he admitted he had used it to commit the damage, telling them he didn’t know why he had done so.

Mitigating, Tony Davies said the incident was ‘almost certainly’ precipitated by Armitage’s use of cannabis.

He said the damage was committed at random and and not at any particular individual.

The magistrates imposed a community order with 30 days’ rehabilitation, fined him £276 and ordered him to pay compensation of £97.50.

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