Posted on 6/08/2013 by Dave Irons
A teenager has been sentenced after he caused £150,000 worth of damage at a plant hire site where he and another destroyed vehicles and equipment into each other “for a laugh”.
The offence took place back in March and over 30 vehicles were damaged on the half-acre site that had been secured for the evening, based in Geldard Road, Birstall.
At the site police found a baseball cap and a glove that had the DNA of Jordan Cooper, 18 and when arrested he admitted that he was assisted by a 17 year old. He admitted that it was funny when he crashed one vehicle into another, and his friend then did the same thing.
John Bull, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court yesterday that the tool firm hired out machinery to the construction and building trade including excavators and heavy wagons and in addition to the £157,000 the company had lost thousands of pounds by not being able to hire our machinery to customers.
Cooper who was homeless at the time of the offence has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offender’s institution. He admitted to the damage and stealing two satellite navigation systems. His friend will be serving 4 months and has been given a training order from magistrates.
David Orbaum, Cooper’s representative has commented that he was immature for his age.
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