Depressed man rammed car into shop

A DEPRESSED Suffolk man caused £10,000 damage to a supermarket when he rammed it with his mother's car after drinking four bottles of wine, a court has heard.

Jane Hunt

A DEPRESSED Suffolk man caused £10,000 damage to a supermarket when he rammed it with his mother's car after drinking four bottles of wine, a court has heard.

Peter Sissons, 31, was found by police inside the store holding an open bottle of wine and knocking items off the shelves, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Peter Gair prosecuting said that £10,000 damage was caused to the Tesco Express store in Lawson Close, Bury St Edmunds, £600 damage to stock and a further £1,750 damage to his mother's Vauxhall Vectra.

Sissons who was living on the Morton Hall Estate, Bury St Edmunds but is now receiving treatment in a residential home, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and burglary.

Judge John Holt deferred sentence until October after hearing that Sissons' family was paying for him to receive treatment for his problems and he was making good progress.

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He told Sissons that if he stopped drinking and didn't re-offend he would not receive an immediate prison sentence. “You should be grateful for your family standing by you and you shouldn't let them down,” he said.

The judge passed an interim driving ban.

Mr Gair told the court that in January Sissons had been living with his mother on the Morton Hall Estate in Bury and had been suffering from depression and drinking a lot.

On January 4 his mother recalled him drinking four bottles of wine and after she went to bed he came into her room and said: “I love you mum no matter what.”

Later he had driven off in his mother's car and she had discovered a note saying he loved his mother and father and was “so tired”.

Sissons had driven to the Tesco Express store and had driven his mother's car straight into security shutters.

An alarm was activated and Sissons was arrested at the scene by police.

He was later found to be two and a half times the legal limit for drink driving.

The court heard that Sissons had also pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

Mr Gair said Sissons had a previous conviction for drink driving in 2002.

Robert Dalling for Sissons said his client was determined to become alcohol free and not to commit further crime.

He was currently making good progress on a residential course privately funded by his family.

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