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Teenager in court after throwing dog food and eggs over parked cars in Meopham
A “BORED” Gravesend teenager took to the streets of Meopham on a drunken rampage, throwing dog food and eggs over parked cars.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also smashed two wing mirrors as he was driven around the village on the evening of May 11 this year.
Standing nervously alongside his mother in the dock at Dartford Youth Court this morning (August 7), the teenager pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage.
Prosecutor Caroline Moonan explained: “The defendant was at a party with some friends.
“They got bored and went to a 24-hour supermarket and bought alcohol, eggs and dog food.
“The eggs were thrown at members of the public from the car, as well as over parked vehicles.”
Mrs Moonan explained how the defendant’s friends then “egged” him on to smash the wing mirrors on two parked cars.
In police interview, following his arrest on May 24, he admitted “hitting and twisting” one of the wing mirrors until it detached.
Although the cars’ owners were unknown to the teenager, his friends knew their names and the defendant later tracked them down on Facebook.
He emailed them the same night, admitting what he had done and apologising, also offering to pay the cost of the damage.
Deborah Slater, defending the youngster, said: “This is an extremely unfortunate incident, clearly fuelled by alcohol and high spirits.
“There were other boys involved in this incident and it does seem he is bearing the responsibility for something he was not wholly responsible for.
“It’s a matter of shame and regret for his family and he has been dealt with severely at home.”
Magistrate Christine Rose handed the teenager a 12-month conditional discharge, ordering him to pay £323.18 compensation and £85 prosecution costs.