Schizophrenic ‘interfered’ with cars in broad daylight

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A Spalding man who was seen interfering with motor vehicles in broad daylight, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, a court has been told.

Victor Ford (37), of Pinchbeck Road, admitted two offences of interfering with motor vehicles in Spalding, as well two offences of assault, one against a police officer, when he appeared in custody before magistrates at Skegness.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that at 1.15pm on January 16, he was seen pulling the door handles and prodding the sills of a parked Audi.

He said that he appeared to be drunk to pedestrians in the area and, when challenged, said he had lost his car keys.

Two days later, on January 18, again in the day time, he was seen on a private driveway doing the same thing with a Citroen car and, when challenged by the owner and her female friend, said that it was his sister’s car and then pushed the friend, although she was not injured.

Mr Wood said that the ladies followed him in the car and, when they saw him speaking to a police officer, told the officer what he had been doing and he was arrested.

Mr Wood said that when he was arrested, Ford threw his jacket into the face of a police officer.

Mitigating, John Storer said that they were unusual offences carried out in broad daylight and in full view of people in the area.

He said Ford had received a custodial sentence in January 2014 and a community order in July, which was still running.

He said Ford was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and the Probation Service said that they did not think there was anything else they could offer him.

The magistrates fined Ford £50 on each of the four charges and ordered him to pay £75 in compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £50 towards the costs.