Wreckers made to pay for damage to cars

A PAIR of drunken teenagers who smashed three cars after a house party, causing £1,400 damage, have been hit in the pocket.

Jamie Popov and Shane Martin jumped on car bonnets and roofs and punched and kicked windows on doors in a wrecking spree between Westoe Crown Village and the Coast Road, in South Shields.

Popov, 19, and Martin, 18, both of Summerhill, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to three charges each of criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week and returned this week to be sentenced.

After reading reports about the pair from the probation service, magistrates gave them both community orders.

As part of his six-month order, Popov must abide by a curfew between 7pm and 7am every Friday and Saturday, while Martin must be supervised by the probation service for 12 months and carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work.

Both must pay £375 to the owners of the cars they damaged.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said the spree took place on June 4, when cars outside homes in the Coast Road, Brass Thill Way, and The Broadway, South Shields, were dented by the pair.

One of the victims, whose two-week-old Audi TT was damaged, made a statement which was read out in court.

It said: “I am absolutely devastated that a car I have worked hard to pay for has been mindlessly damaged on my own driveway.”

Vic Laffey, defending Martin, said: “On occasions, my client drinks too much.

“It is very difficult to mitigate an act of criminal damage, because it is hard to work out the motivation behind it.”

Defending himself, Popov said he was sorry and knows that he drinks too much.

Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette

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