Man who damaged 19 cars in drunken rampage avoids jail term

A MAN was so drunk on the night he damaged 19 cars during a rampage of vandalism, he could not recall his mindless crimes.

Adam Polding, 21, kicked wing mirrors off parked vehicles and scratched cars in Thatto Heath after flying into a rage – but despite causing the extensive damage he was spared jail by magistrates.

Polding, from Emily Street, in Thatto Heath admitted 19 counts of criminal damage and two of attempted criminal damage following the destructive spree on Saturday, October 27 last year.

He had been boozing with friends earlier that day in North Wales and St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard that he suffered a blackout of the alcohol-fuelled crime.

That night neighbours phoned police after hearing Polding, who is unemployed, targeting cars in Nutgrove Road, Nutgrove Hall Drive and Gertrude Street, Thatto Heath.

Prosecuting, Michael Caine, said: “Police officers asked him about the matters in question and, in essence, he was too drunk to remember what had happened.”

Polding was later picked out on an identification parade and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to 19 offences of criminal damage and two of attempted criminal damage.

Graham Simpson, defending, pointed out that Polding had not been alone that night but was the only one facing charges.

He told the court: “He had far too much to drink than was good for him. Something caused him to start acting totally in the wrong way.

“There had potentially been arguments with girlfriends.”

Mr Simpson said his client was “immature” but said he had not had “the easiest of lives”.

He added: “His father died when he was 13. He has had lots of problems – including hanging around with the wrong people.

“He is in a difficult situation because he is living on an almost self-imposed curfew (because of fears) people living round there will give him a smack.”

Magistrates sentenced Polding to a six-week suspended prison sentence and placed him under supervision for 12 months. He will also be under a curfew from 7pm to 7am.

The court heard there was difficulty establishing the cost of damage because there was so many victims.

He was ordered to pay £858 in compensation, with a small sum being deducted each week from his benefits until he has paid off the total.

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1:38pm Mon 18 Feb 13

pitbullboxing says...

Ever wonder why the country has crumbled? here's your answer. So in essence he has not been punished in any way - as the taxpayer is footing the bill. He should be sterilised immediately and given a frontal lobotomy.
Ever wonder why the country has crumbled? here's your answer. So in essence he has not been punished in any way - as the taxpayer is footing the bill. He should be sterilised immediately and given a frontal lobotomy. pitbullboxing
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8:54pm Mon 18 Feb 13

quizling says...

this country really does have the most stupifying justice system anywhere in the world,where else could this happen?is it any wonder that crime is rife? no repercussions for those guilty of wanton vandalism,with the usual excuse,"i cant remember,i was drunk"and the courts believe it, i have been drunk and always managed to recall events while under the influence.
this country really does have the most stupifying justice system anywhere in the world,where else could this happen?is it any wonder that crime is rife? no repercussions for those guilty of wanton vandalism,with the usual excuse,"i cant remember,i was drunk"and the courts believe it, i have been drunk and always managed to recall events while under the influence. quizling
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8:58pm Mon 18 Feb 13

frankly says...

...unemployed/north wales/drinking...HOW ?
...unemployed/north wales/drinking...HOW ? frankly
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7:47pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Lolly92 says...

So they are blaming his crime on his not so easy life??? Give me a break! I lost my parents at age 5 and then 15 and i didnt go round causing trouble. and as for his punishment...its ridiculous! If you commit a crime then you should pay for it and hopefully learn from your mistake.
So they are blaming his crime on his not so easy life??? Give me a break! I lost my parents at age 5 and then 15 and i didnt go round causing trouble. and as for his punishment...its ridiculous! If you commit a crime then you should pay for it and hopefully learn from your mistake. Lolly92
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12:53pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Sankey says...

Following this logic anything bad happens to you then you are free to commit a crime.

And you the taxpayer have paid for his legal aid to argue this nonesense.
Following this logic anything bad happens to you then you are free to commit a crime. And you the taxpayer have paid for his legal aid to argue this nonesense. Sankey
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