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Couple discharged after vandalism

PUBLISHED: 02:00 30 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH couple who mistakenly vandalised an elderly man's vehicle at a family party have been given a year's conditional discharge.

A court heard Stephen Bottley, 27, of Old Foundry Road, jumped on the bonnet of the Ford Fiesta and kicked in the windscreen wrongly thinking the car was owned by someone else.

AN IPSWICH couple who mistakenly vandalised an elderly man's vehicle at a family party have been given a year's conditional discharge.

A court heard Stephen Bottley, 27, of Old Foundry Road, jumped on the bonnet of the Ford Fiesta and kicked in the windscreen wrongly thinking the car was owned by someone else.

He was joined by Paula Wall, 38, of Cromarty Road, who drunkenly snapped off the windscreen wipers and caused further damage.

The couple, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich later discovered the vehicle's owner was an elderly man who lived up the street.

Anita Addison, prosecuting, said the pair damaged the car in an attempt at revenge after a family argument broke out at a party in Cromarty Road.

Tim Ridyard, defending, said the pair were both deeply sorry and ashamed and had since posted an apology card through the victim's letterbox.

Magistrates told the pair they had deliberately caused serious damage to the car, but had expressed remorse.

They ordered Bottley and Wall each to pay £300 compensation and a further £55 prosecution costs.

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