Man is fined for hammer incident

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man smashed the windows in his neighbour’s minibus with a hammer causing £1,000 of damage.

Lester Ewart said he went on the wrecking spree because his neighbour owed him money.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ supervision and ordered to pay £350 compensation plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates. Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said a witness saw Ewart come out of his home with a hammer and smash the windows of a neighbour’s minibus on August 4 at 10pm.

When interviewed, Ewart told police: “It was worth it, smashing up his van.” He said the neighbour had borrowed £20 from him for a train fare and he was avoided paying it back. Jessica Partington, defending, said her client, who apologised for his behaviour, had an alcohol problem and would welcome the assistance of the probation service with it.