Darlington man turns vigilante after having his windscreen smashed

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A PROBATION worker today described how a man turned vigilante after having his windscreen smashed by a gang of youths.

A confrontation in a discount store in Darlington was the culmination of a series of events that began when a brick was thrown at Richard William Brown’s windscreen last year, Darlington Magistrates' Court heard today (Thursday, January 16).

Brown pleaded guilty to using threatening words and behaviour to cause fear of violence following an incident on New Years Eve when he bumped into one of the men he believed responsible for smashing his windscreen and threatened him.

Probation worker Mo Sibert said: “Two months ago, his young man was driving his car when three lads threw a brick at his windscreen.

“He became vigilante and decided to find out who they were. He was in court on Christmas Eve after throwing a brick at a car he believed belonged to one of those lads.

“He then bumped into him in a shop, not realising he worked there and there was an altercation. “He is now left with a criminal record and a cracked windscreen.”

The 23-year-old - of Stewart Street, Darlington - was handed a community order with six months supervision and ordered to pay costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £60.

He also had his driving licence endorsed with six points after admitting driving without the correct insurance.

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5:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Homshaw1 says...

What sort of moron goes around throwing bricks at car windscreens? Even if the car is unoccupied it warrants a lenthy sentence. If it is occupied someone could be killed.

Instead they are usually given a police warning or ordered to pay compensation that does not cover the damage caused.

The guy on the receiving end does not have proper insurance so if he kills or injures someone either by negligence or accidentally the tax payer or the family of the person injured picks up the bill.

The justice system need a serious overall.
What sort of moron goes around throwing bricks at car windscreens? Even if the car is unoccupied it warrants a lenthy sentence. If it is occupied someone could be killed. Instead they are usually given a police warning or ordered to pay compensation that does not cover the damage caused. The guy on the receiving end does not have proper insurance so if he kills or injures someone either by negligence or accidentally the tax payer or the family of the person injured picks up the bill. The justice system need a serious overall. Homshaw1

11:32pm Fri 17 Jan 14

larkilar says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
What sort of moron goes around throwing bricks at car windscreens? Even if the car is unoccupied it warrants a lenthy sentence. If it is occupied someone could be killed.

Instead they are usually given a police warning or ordered to pay compensation that does not cover the damage caused.

The guy on the receiving end does not have proper insurance so if he kills or injures someone either by negligence or accidentally the tax payer or the family of the person injured picks up the bill.

The justice system need a serious overall.
like a boilersuit, or an overhaul? lol
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: What sort of moron goes around throwing bricks at car windscreens? Even if the car is unoccupied it warrants a lenthy sentence. If it is occupied someone could be killed. Instead they are usually given a police warning or ordered to pay compensation that does not cover the damage caused. The guy on the receiving end does not have proper insurance so if he kills or injures someone either by negligence or accidentally the tax payer or the family of the person injured picks up the bill. The justice system need a serious overall.[/p][/quote]like a boilersuit, or an overhaul? lol larkilar

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