Brett Cayzer banned from carrying bricks after continuing one-man feud against police by vandalising three emergency service vehicles
12:01 01 December 2014
A drunk carrying out a vendetta against police has been banned from carrying bricks in Ipswich after vandalising three emergency service vehicles.
Homeless man Brett Cayzer was jailed after resuming his one-man feud only three days after being given a conditional discharge for hurling two bricks through glass partitions at Ipswich police base in Museum Street.
On that occasion he told officers after his arrest that he was having a “really bad day”.
Despite the court showing him mercy on Monday, the 52-year-old used another brick to smash the windows and wing mirrors of two police cars and a paramedic’s rapid response vehicle on Thursday.
When Cayzer found out about the paramedic’s vehicle he said he only damaged it because he thought it was a police car, South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard.
Sue Threadkell, representing Cayzer, said her client’s dislike of the police stemmed from when he was caring for his mother who had dementia.
The former continental lorry driver had gone to get some fish and chips for her lunchtime meal when an officer saw him and said police wanted to talk to him.
Cayzer asked to go home first to ensure his mother would not wander off, but the officer took him to the police station instead.
Mrs Threadkell said: “He wanted to go home to ensure the door was locked but that wasn’t done and made him bear a grudge.”
The court heard Cayzer’s mother died five weeks ago.
Magistrates were also told Cayzer was homeless because he had given up his accommodation to move into his mother’s bungalow.
Mrs Threadkell said: “When his mother passed away he wasn’t entitled to remain in the accommodation and because he had given up his flat to care for his mother he had made himself intentionally homeless so consequently he ended up on the streets.”
Previously prosecutor Ian Devine told the court that shortly after midnight on Thursday police and a paramedic were tending to a victim of an assault in Burrell Road when Cayzer attacked their vehicles.
When Cayzer found out one of the vehicles belonged to the ambulance service he told officers: “The reason I smashed them was because they were police vehicles.
“I didn’t actually realise it was a paramedic’s car otherwise I wouldn’t have touched it. I thought it was a police car.”
Mr Devine said Cayzer was drunk at the time of the offences and the one at Ipswich police station on November 6.
Magistrates jailed Cayzer, who admitted criminal damage, for a total of 18 weeks.
He was also made subject to a criminal behaviour order which prohibits him being found in possession of one or more bricks, or open containers of alcohol, in Ipswich.
After the case Ipswich Chief Inspector Steve Denham said: “This behaviour towards the police is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“Not only have his senseless actions affected the police officers present but have also had a major impact on equipment, services and police time, which could have been used dealing with other community issues.”