Teenagers admit car vandalism

Craig Brooks arriving at court yesterday
Craig Brooks arriving at court yesterday

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to driving round a town throwing rocks at cars in a spree of ‘mindless violence’ which caused damage of more than £4,500.

Craig Brooks, 18, of Wick Close, Corby, and a 17-year-old, of Corby, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a total of 23 criminal damage charges between them.

Kettering Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the duo drove round parts of town throwing rocks at 23 parked cars in Roundhill Road, Queensberry Road, Garfield Street and The Crescent, plus other streets on Wednesday, December 14, and the following Tuesday.

Passing sentence, chairman of the bench Raymond Edis said: “We have heard today that you thought what you did was funny.

“I think that you think now that it is not very funny.”

The 17-year-old was given a 12-month referral order and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation.

Brooks’ sentence was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be heard in April.

The court heard that on Wednesday, December 14, the two drove to Kettering and drove round The Crescent, Kettering, with the 17-year-old shouting abuse through a traffic cone from the passenger side of the car.

On the following Tuesday, Brooks drove back to Kettering with the other defendant, and they picked up about 40 stones which were then thrown at cars.

Jarena Tomaszewska, prosecuting, said: “A witness on Roundhill Road on Tuesday, December 20, said she heard a loud bang and saw objects being thrown from a red Volkswagon Polo.”

Another passenger in the car, who was not charged, was interviewed by police and said the two defendants found the spree ‘funny’.

Russell Eaton, mitigating for the 17-year-old defendant, said: “This was mindless vandalism of which there will be no repeat. He has brought shame to his family.”

Gill Walker, mitigating for Brooks, said: “These are two young men who have got a lot going for them so to behave in this way was inexplicable. He is a young man with Asperger’s and reading his glowing references from college, he is doing very well.”

Mr Edis said: “What you did was a premeditated spree of vandalism on several cars.

“The total damage was very high and you caused a great inconvenience to a lot of people.”