Homeless man from Skegness promised £100 to smash up car

The magistrates said it had been a 'childish offence'.
The magistrates said it had been a 'childish offence'.

A 51-year-old member of Skegness' homeless community has told a court that someone promised to pay him £100 if he went and smashed up a car.

Brian Feehan admitted damaging the Suzuki Liana motor car at North Somercotes, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said Caroline Perkins parked her car on her driveway at 11.30pm on June 25.

Ms Stace said that Feehan and another male used a crowbar to smash the vehicle and that he walked away, stuffing the crowbar down his trousers, when Ms Perkins came out and shouted at them.

Police were called and, after his arrest, he admitted consuming 10 pints of cider and two Ecstasy tablets and then meeting someone who asked him and his friend to go out and damage the car.

He told police that they were then driven out of Skegness to do it but he didn't know who it was and that his friend and the car driver disappeared when police arrived.

In mitigation, Chris Hogg said Feehan and his friend were told they would be paid £100 to do this but he never received this money.

He said Feehan had been homeless for 25 years and presently lived in Skegness.

The magistrates said it had been a 'childish offence' and that 'they were never going to pay you' (the £100).

He was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £75 in compensation and £40 in costs and charges.