Car dam­age yob is caught on dash cam

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ATEENAGE yob who caused hun­dreds of pounds worth of dam­age to a car was caught out by its dash cam.

Lee Jack John­son, 18, drunk­enly jumped on the bon­net and roof of a Vaux­hall Zafira while it was parked out­side the owner’s house overnight.

But the mind­less prank was cap­tured by owner Tony Ar­den’s dash cam which turns on when it de­tects mo­tion nearby.

Mr Ar­den dis­cov­ered £200 worth of dam­age to the car then watched the tape in hor­ror as he recog­nised the of­fender.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court, John­son, of Bri­ar­wood, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age from the in­ci­dent in Novem­ber, last year, as well a charge of us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive words or be­hav­iour from an un­re­lated in­ci­dent on Octo- ber 29. Eileen Rogers, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “On Novem­ber 11 the owner found a dent in the bon­net of his car.

“He had last used the ve­hi­cle at 5.45pm the pre­vi­ous evening and said there was no dam­age. But in the morn­ing he found dents in the bon­net.

“He checked his dash cam and it had picked up some move­ment and recorded some­one from that night. It showed John­son jump­ing onto the bon­net and run­ning up on the roof of the car. He recog­nised him.”

The court heard that John­son was ar­rested and told po­lice that he was ‘drunk and not think­ing straight’.

Mrs Rogers told mag­is­trates that John­son had been ar­rested dur­ing a dis­pute with his neigh­bour on Oc­to­ber 29. She said: “At 8pm po­lice were called to re­ports neigh­bours were abus­ing each other from their front gar­dens.

“John­son had re­port­edly told the other male he would kick his head in and snap his jaw. Of­fi­cers ar­rived and found John­son’s mother try­ing to pull him back into the house but he was re­fus­ing to go.

“He then swore again at the neigh­bour, call­ing him ‘in­bred’ and threat­en­ing to ‘take his head off’. Po­lice warned him again to calm down and be quiet but John­son con­tin­ued to be ver­bally abu­sive and was taken into cus­tody.

An­thony Gar­dener, de­fend­ing, said he felt a low level com­mu­nity order was suf­fi­cient.

John­son was given a one year com­mu­nity order for crim­i­nal dam­age, with four week cur­few from 7pm to 7am and a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment for 15 days.

He must pay £200 com­pen­sa­tion, £85 costs and £85 vic­tim sur­charge

Lee Jack John­son

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