Ex-Rotary chairman scratched ‘ V’ into neighbour’s classic
CCTV cameras captured a 69-year-old former Rotary Club chairman vandalising a classic Bentley, a court has heard.
Damage to the 1954 R-type, originally owned by budget airline pioneer Sir Freddie Laker, resulted from a neighbours’ dispute.
After hearing that John Saunders had scratched a V-sign on the car, Ipswich magistrates convicted him of criminal damage. He was fined £1500, ordered to pay the £200 insurance excess and £650 costs.
The incident arose following a dispute over management at the block of flats in Colchester, Essex, where Saunders, and the car’s owner, Peter Stirling, live.
Mr Stirling had installed a CCTV camera in the flats’ underground car park following previous vandalism to the car.
At the time of the incident leading to the court case, Saunders was seen ‘milling around’ the pass door, which had been chained open.
‘I am sensitive about the security because the car has been scratched previously,’ said Stirling.
Saunders had claimed he had gone to look inside the car but was not responsible for the damage.
The car is said to be worth £30,000.
John Saunders captured on CCTV.