Student in paint rampage faces jail

Worcester News: Student in paint rampage faces jail Student in paint rampage faces jail

A STUDENT has been warned he is facing jail after he admitted breaking into a property he used to live in and splashing white paint around.

Neil Silcock also stole a toolbox after entering his former rented home in Nelson Road, Worcester. He was caught when his fingerprints were matched to a print left in the white gloss paint, Michael Conry, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court. The court was told that Silcock, aged 26, of Washington Street, Worcester, is in his third year at university and was hoping to become a youth worker. He pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary.

He was a tenant at the Nelson Road property from September 2011 until August this year, when he was evicted for not paying his rent. Landlord Robert Piggott had showed “restraint and generosity” and a lot of patience as he had been owed £4,000, Mr Conry said. Silcock had also removed a smoke detector and other items to argue the property was not habitable.

Mr Piggott engaged his brother Thomas Piggott to carry out work on the property after Silcock was evicted. He left the work on September 23 and when he went back on September 27 he found a window smashed and paint “scattered around” on the floor, on the plastic wrapping of a new kitchen worktop and around the kitchen. There were footprints in the paint and a handprint on the fridge which matched the fingerprints taken when Silcock was given a caution in 2012 for criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.

Paul Trotman, defending, said Silcock had believed the rent was to be paid by the university. On the night of the offence, he had drunk five pints and “a lot of whisky” up to 2am and may have thought he was going back home as he had only recently vacated the property. He said he did not target the property and was so drunk he had no recollection of what had happened. He thought he might have knocked the paint over and had spread it while “stumbling around”.

Judge Abbas Mithani adjourned the case until the week of January 20 for a further pre-sentence report but warned Silcock he could be facing an immediate prison sentence.

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6:39pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Captain Thrap says...

Just goes to prove what utter delinquents the university imposes on the residents of St Johns, they should be ashamed. Note how he also had previous for criminal damage and drunk / disorderly. Its about time the university housed their little darlings on campus and left the family residents of St Johns alone
Just goes to prove what utter delinquents the university imposes on the residents of St Johns, they should be ashamed. Note how he also had previous for criminal damage and drunk / disorderly. Its about time the university housed their little darlings on campus and left the family residents of St Johns alone Captain Thrap

8:13pm Tue 24 Dec 13

lost in Worc says...

Captain Thrap wrote:
Just goes to prove what utter delinquents the university imposes on the residents of St Johns, they should be ashamed. Note how he also had previous for criminal damage and drunk / disorderly. Its about time the university housed their little darlings on campus and left the family residents of St Johns alone
What stupid sweeping statement to make. How about all the hundreds of students that go about there business the right way and behave accordingly. To judge all through one persons actions is ridiculous. I was a student there in the past and I certainly did not lived in st johns and can certainly caused no issues to the residents as to the majority of people I knew.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Thrap[/bold] wrote: Just goes to prove what utter delinquents the university imposes on the residents of St Johns, they should be ashamed. Note how he also had previous for criminal damage and drunk / disorderly. Its about time the university housed their little darlings on campus and left the family residents of St Johns alone[/p][/quote]What stupid sweeping statement to make. How about all the hundreds of students that go about there business the right way and behave accordingly. To judge all through one persons actions is ridiculous. I was a student there in the past and I certainly did not lived in st johns and can certainly caused no issues to the residents as to the majority of people I knew. lost in Worc

9:54am Wed 25 Dec 13

pinkfluff says...

What a Muppet....nearly finished the course and it's now very unlikely that he will get a job working with young people with a criminal record. These actions will last a long time.
What a Muppet....nearly finished the course and it's now very unlikely that he will get a job working with young people with a criminal record. These actions will last a long time. pinkfluff

12:27am Thu 26 Dec 13

honeystj says...

As one of his ex-neighbours and a past student of the University, myself, I can say that this guy and his housemates showed a blatant disregard for others. The offenses here are just a hint of two years of the sort of behaviour that gives students a bad name. And true, most students adjust to their new independence without being inconsiderate to others. But Silcock & Co consistently carried on like party-boys and were known to the University's security team, making their own fellow student-neighbours' lives difficult with excessive noise etc!
This country needs youth workers, but not the sort who show such pathetic regard for others as I witnessed for two years.
As one of his ex-neighbours and a past student of the University, myself, I can say that this guy and his housemates showed a blatant disregard for others. The offenses here are just a hint of two years of the sort of behaviour that gives students a bad name. And true, most students adjust to their new independence without being inconsiderate to others. But Silcock & Co consistently carried on like party-boys and were known to the University's security team, making their own fellow student-neighbours' lives difficult with excessive noise etc! This country needs youth workers, but not the sort who show such pathetic regard for others as I witnessed for two years. honeystj

5:31pm Thu 26 Dec 13

dave cus says...

STUPID!
STUPID! dave cus
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