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Man attacked neighbour’s car
7:50am Friday 16th November 2012 in News
A DRUNK man smashed up a neighbour’s car using a child’s bike and a scooter.
Calvin Taylor appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court admitting two counts of criminal damage, three of obstructing a constable and one of failing to answer bail.
The 37-year-old was shouting and swearing at his partner’s home at Five Oaks Close, Malvern, before the incident on September 29.
Adrian Jones, prosecuting, said a female neighbour heard Taylor making threats about a man formerly involved with his partner while the man’s son was present.
Taylor, who was described as angry and scowling, swore at the woman and called her a grass after she tried to get the children inside.
Mr Jones said: “She watched as the defendant picked up her son’s bike with both hands, swinging it around his head before hitting it over her boyfriend’s Golf. He then threw that bike on the floor and picked up a child’s scooter and struck the windscreen of the same car, which was smashed.”
The damage was valued at £2,000 and the insurance excess was £850. The bike would have cost £150 to repair, but the family did not believe it was worth it as the bike only cost £154.97.
When police came to arrest Taylor, now of Greenhill Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, they found him hiding behind an upstairs bathroom door and he resisted arrest.
Mr Jones said: “He was tensed up and said: ‘Don’t touch me, I’m a marine.’ He had to be taken to the floor, but got to his feet and officers tried to bring him down with knee strikes and eventually used CS spray.”
Police were again called to Five Oaks Close, Malvern, on November 1 following reports of a domestic dispute and Taylor had to be taken to the floor while shouting obscenities and refusing to comply.
Susie Duncan, defending, said: “Mr Taylor is the first to acknowledge that he has got himself in a terrible mess in his personal life which has impacted on his job and accommodation. He tells me drink has been an issue for some considerable time. He accepts he was drunk.”
She said he believed the neighbours had been interfering in his personal life.
Magistrates gave Taylor a 21-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered him to complete 60 hours of unpaid work. He was told not to enter Five Oaks Close for nine months and receive alcohol treatment. Taylor was also ordered to pay £154.97 compensation for the bike, £850 for the car and £85 costs.