A PENSIONER who had been drinking and was unsteady on crutches fell over and caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to his next-door neighbour’s car.
James Czaban, 67, of Moor Street, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing damage to a car.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 compensation to his neighbour plus £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.
Susan McNamara, prosecuting, said a 14-year-old boy walking along Moor Street allegedly saw Czaban appear to scratch his neighbour’s Toyota which was parked on the road on August 14 at 8.45pm.
The teenager alerted the neighbour who found a 12-inch long scratch on his car’s wing which would need respraying.
Tony O’Brien, defending, said his client walked with crutches after having had a knee and hip replacement and he was unsteady on his feet.
On the evening of the offence Czaban had been to a club and had some drinks.