A man who broke a car mirror in an act of “mindless vandalism” has been ordered to pay the owner £200 compensation.
Lee Michael Haynes was already under a suspended jail sentence for common assault when he was spotted on the evening of May 22 in Lord Street, Huddersfield.
A witness saw Haynes, who was wearing a hoodie, move towards a car which she knew belonged to a colleague at work.
Kathryn Stuckey prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court yesterday she saw Haynes kick the driver’s door with his right foot while a youth with him then kicked the offside wheel arch.
As she started to shout at him Haynes then kicked at one of the mirrors causing it to fall off while the youth damaged the other mirror.
Catherine Duffy for Haynes said that night he had been angry after a family dispute and had gone out drinking.
“He knows his behaviour was mindless and immature. He understands it was completely unacceptable behaviour.”
She said Haynes also knew he had to grow up as his girlfriend was now pregnant and they hoped to get a home of their own.
Haynes, 21 of Woodhouse Hill, Fartown, admitted damage and was given a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation.
Recorder Euan Duff said it was “a mindless, stupid piece of vandalism, completely wanton vandalism. I don’t know what you were doing going out getting drunk when your girlfriend is pregnant but I am going to give you one last opportunity to pull yourself together and avoid getting into more trouble.”
He said the five month prison sentence previously suspended for 12 months for common assault would also continue but it would now be suspended for a longer period of 18 months.