‘Embarrassed and ashamed’ Aylesbury teen sentenced for vandalising cars

Niall Pearce leaves Aylesbury Magistrates' Court
Niall Pearce leaves Aylesbury Magistrates' Court
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A teenager who helped cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to parked vehicles after a drunken night out has today been given 120 hours community service.

Niall Pearce, of Granville Street, Aylesbury was involved in an incident which saw £6,205 of damage done to 17 cars in Tring Road.

The 19 year old, who pleaded guilty to 17 counts of causing criminal damage, was described as ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by what he did.

Daniel Martin, defending, told Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court that before the incident Pearce had feared he had bowel cancer and had gone out celebrating after finding out it was instead Crohn’s disease.

Mr Martin said: “That is a decision Mr Pearce has come to regret.”

Pearce went with friends to The Bell, Niche and Mirage on the night of Friday, November 16, before walking out of town along Tring Road in the early hours.

As the vehicles were being damaged, five people called the police and Pearce and three others were arrested shortly afterwards.

The damage, which included broken wing mirrors and kicked panels, ranged in value from £17 to just over £2,000.

Peter Bird, prosecuting, told the court it was not clear what damage was done by which person and that Pearce had little memory of what happened.

Mr Martin said Pearce, a student, was one of the most ‘responsible and mature’ people he had represented and that it was highly unlikely he would commit a crime again.

Sentencing, Magistrate Keith Gray said what happened was a ‘very serious matter’ that had affected a lot of people.

Mr Gray said: “We have taken on board the character references which all say that it was totally out of character.

“We can’t dilute in any way the impact that this has had on those people.”

Pearce was ordered to pay compensation of £1,541 and must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

He was also given a community order for 12 months and told to take part in restorative justice.