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Community service for teens who smashed up heart surgery patient's car

Published: 9 Oct 2012 09:30

A SHERIFF has slammed four teenagers who ran over a recovering heart surgery patient's car in Cardrona.

All four admitted causing over £3,000 of damage to the vehicle following an end-of-exams party on May 25.

Joe Lothian, Fraser Blair and Robert Girdwood, all 17, along with 16-year-old Kyle Confrey pled guilty when they appeared at Peebles Sheriff Court.

Lothian of Tweedholm Avenue East in Walkerburn, Blair from St Andrew's Close in West Linton, Girdwood of Dalatho Crescent in Peebles and Confrey from Springwood Road, also in Peebles, were each ordered to pay £500 towards the damage.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond said: "Four young men attended a party at this house, they all decided in advance to go outside and run and jump over a car without a moment's thought to the loss of mobility given the rural nature of the location and the stress the family would be subjected to.

"I want to make it clear that when you do damage, you will pay for it.

"I also make an equal division of the financial compensation you must pay. If you fly with the crows, expect to be shot at! I hope you have all learned a very hard lesson regarding your behaviour and it is one that stays with you for the rest of your lives."

As well as paying the compensation they were also sentenced to 60 hours supervised community service.

The court was told that the bill for damage came to £3286.61 leaving the owner who was recovering from heart surgery stressed, immobile and out-of-pocket.

Wednesday's hearing also heard how the teenagers had travelled to Cardrona for an end of exam party.

As the party continued into the small hours of the night the four left the house, returning a few minutes later out of breath and celebrating that they had broken a car window.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Tessa Bradley revealed the owner was recovering from recent heart surgery and he'd suffered a great deal of stress as a result of the incident.

As a result of the vandalism attack the car owner also had to pay £477.20 excess on his insurance and has been advised that there will be a 20 per cent increase in his premium.

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