‘Revenge’ raid left bistro with £48k bill
Two burglars broke into a restaurant at night and caused around £48,000 of damage in “an act of revenge”, Maidstone Crown Court heard.
Wearing balaclavas, Daniel Pope and an accomplice hurled bar stools over the bar at the Hengist in Aylesford High Street, smashing bottles, and slashing furniture. They fled on bicycles with just a bottle of vodka.
The restaurant’s owner suffered further financial loss as a result of having to close for several days, in May.
Repeat offender Pope, 38, was caught after he left behind a screwdriver with his fingerprints and DNA on it. He admitted burglary and criminal damage.
Paul Roach, defending, said Pope, of Huntingdon Road, Coxheath, had no link to the victim but was involved in causing gratuitous damage to help someone else.
“He had no axe to grind,” said Mr Roach.
Jailing Pope for two years and three months on Friday, Recorder Gareth Branston said: “This was essentially an act of revenge for something I know not what.
“This is an incident of absolute wanton destruction, causing distress to a number of people and huge loss and damage to the property.”
Daniel Pope has been jailed