Couple jailed for car damage

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A teenaged couple who damaged a car as part of a plan to discredit a witness have been locked up at Lincoln Crown Court.

Cara Tebb and Matthew Brooks damaged Tebb’s VW Golf car to make it look as if the witness was responsible.

The plan was hatched after Brooks’ brother Ryan was accused of assaulting a man in Shivean Gate, Moulton.

Hal Ewing, prosecuting, said Tebb later claimed the damage was caused by a witness to that incident.

Tebb (18) and Matthew Brooks (18), both of Mill Drove South, Cowbit, admitted doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice on September 14 last year. They were sent to a young offenders’ institution for five months.

Judge Michael Heath told them “You deliberately damaged that vehicle in an attempt to avoid Ryan Brooks from being prosecuted.

“I am not dissuaded that there are any exceptional circumstances that would persuade me not to send you both into custody.”

Michael Proctor, for Tebb, said she had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

He told the court that Tebb is currently expecting a child by Matthew Brooks

“She is still a young woman and possibly an extremely foolish one. This was immature and misguided behaviour rather than anything more sinister. ”

Sandra Clarke, for Matthew Brooks, said “He accepts what he did was wrong. He is due to become a father. They are excited about that.”

l Ryan Brooks (19), of Delgate Avenue, Weston, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm arising out of the original incident. He denied it and was cleared by a jury following a trial at the crown court.