Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Teen vandal pays price for kung fu car spree

13:09 18 January 2013

A damaged car parked on Blanche Street the morning after Burt

A damaged car parked on Blanche Street the morning after Burt's vandalism

Archant

A TEENAGE vandal must pay more than £800 in compensation to seven car owners after a drunken kung fu kicking spree.

shares

Adam Burt, of King’s Way, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to seven charges of criminal damage when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

All the vandalism occurred as the 18-year-old was leaving the town centre after a night out.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said a witness was in her home in Blanche Street, off Woodbridge Road, when she heard noises at around 5am on December 30.

When she looked out of a window, the witness saw three males, one of whom was kicking wing mirrors of parked cars in a “kung fu-style”.

The witness identified Burt to police as the person vandalising the cars.

Initially police found that six vehicles had been damaged, including two Ford Fiestas, two Ford Focus’, and a Vauxhall Astra.

In his police interview Burt said he had consumed a lot of alcohol when he was at an Ipswich nightclub with friends.

The court heard he had been on his way home to a friend’s house in Hervey Street when the vandalism occurred.

Burt admitted to an officer that he had kicked the wing mirrors and also ran over the top of a red vehicle.

The teenager was originally charged with six offences.

However, a seventh car owner subsequently came forward to say that the roof of his red Peugeot had been dented.

Magistrates were told that although Burt had no previous convictions, he had received a community resolution on November 11 last year for criminal damage to a wing mirror of a vehicle.

Ian Duckworth, representing Burt, said his client was no longer drinking alcohol as a result of what he had done.

Mr Duckworth added: “He realises, however, he’s got to make amends for what he has done. He was totally out of it. He’s deeply ashamed.”

Burt was given a community order with an 18-hour attendance centre requirement.

He was ordered to pay £60 to each of the vehicle owners whose wing mirrors he damaged. Burt must also compensate the owner of the red Peugeot who paid out £450 on his insurance company excess to repair the damage to his roof.

shares

4 comments

  • £60 to each person, oh well that makes it ok then I suppose. This is ridiculius, I have had my car keyed on 2 occasions each time costing around £500 to repair and nobody cares. People do it because the know they can get away with it. I hope someone who's car he damaged gives him a good kick in the teeth.

    Report this comment

    tophatt

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I expect he has been bullied for several years for being ginger and this is his excuse for acceptable behaviour in rebellion.

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Where is this pathetic excuse for a human going to get £800 from?

    Report this comment

    RC

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • @ RC -Simple Answer = Us

    Report this comment

    angel97uk

    Friday, January 18, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The scene after the thatched roof fire in Stoke by Nayland - Picture credit - Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

Ten fire crews tackled a thatched roof blaze in a Suffolk village overnight.

Sir John French: a colourful character and respected soldier

We’ve heard about the Suffolk men who fought at the battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Ipswich Crown Court

A 19-year old man who met up with a 13-year-old girl and exchanged text messages with her despite being given a police caution for kissing her several months earlier has been sentenced to 21 months youth detention.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral overlooking colourful displays in the Abbey Gardens

Suffolk’s most important religious building has been awarded a £300,000 Government grant to pay for urgent roof repairs.

Josephine Murphy

An 86-year-old woman who had gone missing from Clacton has been found safe and well

Aftermath of a barn fire in Holton.

A television antiques expert has appealed for help rebuilding his eco-friendly arts centre in Suffolk after a major blaze destroyed the historic sawmill that was to be its showroom and workshops.

Darsham Nurseries head chef Lola DeMille and chef Tom Eagle in the cafe where they are donating money from one of the dishes to the World Land Trust.

An international conservation charity based in Suffolk is one of three organisations to benefit from a new campaign raising awareness about the impact of meat production on health, welfare and the environment.

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House

Up to 23 jobs could go in a major shake-up of Suffolk County Council’s education services.

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold

Suffolk poet Luke Wright has seen the Latitude festival grow from a modest boutique gathering in 2006 to one of Britain’s biggest music and arts events.

The vandals tore through Bury St Edmunds

A drunken “night of madness” saw vandals rack up over £5,000 of damage to cars, pubs and property as they roamed the streets of Bury St Edmunds.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages