Youth damaged wall 'for a laugh'

A LOUT pulled over the garden wall of an 83-year-old woman because he and his friends “wanted to have a laugh”.The 16-year-old Felixstowe resident, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted it was a stupid stunt and said he had gained nothing from the incident except for a punishment when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday.

A LOUT pulled over the garden wall of an 83-year-old woman because he and his friends “wanted to have a laugh”.

The 16-year-old Felixstowe resident, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted it was a stupid stunt and said he had gained nothing from the incident except for a punishment when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The youngster pleaded guilty to damaging the wall in Grange Road, Felixstowe, as well as damaging a wall in Coronation Drive, Felixstowe, and a green house in the same street.

All of the offences happened between November and December last year.


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John Hardwick, prosecuting, said: “The wall belonged to an 83-year-old lady and a substantial part of it collapsed due to the damage caused to it.

“In interview he said he grabbed a section of the wall and rocked it until it was damaged enough to fall.

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“He said others were involved and they caused £1,000 worth of damage.”

The teenager, speaking in his own defence, said: “A couple of my mates had been for a meal at the seafront. We went to meet them and had all been drinking.

“We wanted to have a laugh and cause trouble. I saw the wall and we started rocking it. A girl pulled me away and as I walked off I heard the others running away.

“It was a stupid thing to do and I gained nothing from it except punishment.”

The teenager's mother, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “He totally went off the rails and I have despaired with him. But I truly believe he is trying to make amends.”

Presiding magistrate, Bernie Stowe, said: “We think you are lucky to have a mum like you do who believes in you.

“If you mess up now it is your fault.”

He was made to pay £150 compensation for the wall and had an existing referral order extended for one month.

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