Pair who threw stones at van were ‘bored’
A ‘DRUNK’ duo who attacked a van with stones before trying to drive it into a bush did it because they were ‘bored’, a court heard.
Robert James Houghton, 20, and Callum Wright, 21, damaged the Mercedes Sprinter before trying to steer it down a slope at Bollington Leisure Centre.
After only managing to move the vehicle 25ft they gave up, a court heard.
Houghton, of Lindon Court, Abbey Road, Macclesfield, and Wright, of Windsor Close, Bolling- ton, admitted taking a vehicle without consent at Macclesfield magistrates’ court on November 3.
Sentencing Wright to a community order and 40 hours unpaid work and fining Houghton £190, chair of the bench Christopher Anderton said: “These offences are silly, pointless and ridiculous and cause great upset to the community.
“It was a stupid thing to do.”
Prosecutor Debbie Byrne said the incident took place on October 9.
She said: “Mr Rowe is the owner of a Mercedes Sprinter van and parked it at Bollington Leisure Centre at about 4pm.
“At 8.30pm witness Kelsie Watson, who knows both defendants, saw them and they appeared drunk. She saw them argue with a girl and were shouting.
“Soon afterwards she saw them pounding the doors of the Mercedes van parked in the leisure centre, which she knew to belong to her cousins’ boyfriend.
“She called the police. She then saw them get into the vehicle.”
Mrs Byrne said when police arrived they found the van had a broken window and the glove box was open.
“Callum Wright was seen nearby on Ovenhouse Lane. The van had been moved 25ft.
“When he was arrested Wright told police he was extremely drunk and couldn’t remember getting into the vehicle but did remember being sat behind the steering wheel of the van at some point.
“He told officers he gets into trouble when he has a drink. During his interview Robert Houghton told officers they were bored.
“He said they threw stones at the van and tried to roll the van down a slope in the car park into a bush.”
John Black, defending, said: “This is an unusual
●● case of taking without consent because the vehicle only moved a short distance.
“If it hadn’t moved it would have been criminal damage. It is very strange behaviour.”
●● Robert James Houghton
●● Callum Wright