Teenager behind bars for car damage

A TEENAGER who damaged a car within 12 hours of celebrating his release from custody, was back behind bars again.Leon Bolsover, 18, of Sheldrake Drive, Ipswich, admitted damaging the Volkswagen Polo after a night out after he had completed a four-month detention and training order.

A TEENAGER who damaged a car within 12 hours of celebrating his release from custody, was back behind bars again.

Leon Bolsover, 18, of Sheldrake Drive, Ipswich, admitted damaging the Volkswagen Polo after a night out after he had completed a four-month detention and training order.

Prosecutor Godfried Duah told magistrates police confronted Bolsover after he was spotted tampering with the vehicle.

John Hughes, mitigating, said: "Bolsover had just been released from custody that day.

"He had met up with friends and gone out drinking with them to celebrate his release.

"He had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol. He was going to sleep in the car. He could not walk any further and it was simply a place to sleep the night."

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The prosecution put the cost of repairs at £639.49, which was disputed by Hughes, who said the vehicle had a broken quarter light.

The court heard since Bolsover's arrest he has served the equivalent of an eight and a half weeks on remand.

Bench chairman Ray Condon sentenced him to a day's custody in the police cells. He was given no further penalty because of the time he had already spend on remand.

He told him: "We find it extremely serious that you would commit the offence so soon after you have been released from a detention and training order and you were back in custody within 12 hours."

He ordered him to pay compensation to the car owner to the tune of £100, which will be added to his existing fines.