Vandal targets parked cars in Winchester city centre

Hampshire Chronicle: Vandal targets parked cars in Winchester city centre Vandal targets parked cars in Winchester city centre

A WINCHESTER student went on a rampage of criminal damage attacking cars in the city centre.

Christian Hatahintwali, 23, of Queens Road, admitted five counts of criminal damage, against a BMW motorbike and four cars, in the St Thomas Street area on November 24.

The damage to the motorbike was estimated at £1,876.91. Damage to two of the four other cars was estimated at £488, Basingstoke Magistrates Court was told.

Magistrates ordered Hatahintwali to do 170 hours and pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £50.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 to Paul Kenwood, of St Thomas Street; and £50 to the car owners: Piers Burtlin, of London; Eurocar; William Gubbins, of St Thomas Street and Josephine Conac, of Southgate Street.

Another man, Richard Stone, 21, of Queens Road, West Hill, who had been charged with the same offences had the allegations dropped.

Magistrates ordered he be paid £10 to cover his costs from central funds.

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10:25am Tue 26 Feb 13

wheresthemoneygone says...

Correct me if I'm wrong but this yob caused £2364,91 of damage and has to pay £420. Leaving the tax payer to fork out £1944.91 - Get a loan for that.What kind of justice is this? I think the student should be made to pay all of that money back - with interest.The additional 170 hours community service is a cop-out and pathetic.£420 for a hell of a night almost sounds like a fair deal!
Correct me if I'm wrong but this yob caused £2364,91 of damage and has to pay £420. Leaving the tax payer to fork out £1944.91 - Get a loan for that.What kind of justice is this? I think the student should be made to pay all of that money back - with interest.The additional 170 hours community service is a cop-out and pathetic.£420 for a hell of a night almost sounds like a fair deal! wheresthemoneygone

10:32pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Belgarum says...

Why would the tax payer have to pay anything?

It will be the unfortunate victims of his crimes that will be out of pocket - regardless of whether they pay for the damage to their vehicles themselves or claim through their insurance companies (where they will almost certainly have to pay an excess and suffer a reduced No Claims Discount at next renewals).

I absolutely agree that the yob should be made pay for the full cost of the damages - preferably directly made to the victims, along with a very humble apology.
Why would the tax payer have to pay anything? It will be the unfortunate victims of his crimes that will be out of pocket - regardless of whether they pay for the damage to their vehicles themselves or claim through their insurance companies (where they will almost certainly have to pay an excess and suffer a reduced No Claims Discount at next renewals). I absolutely agree that the yob should be made pay for the full cost of the damages - preferably directly made to the victims, along with a very humble apology. Belgarum

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