Man caught in act scratching £80,000 Mercedes while owner was sitting in the car
Pensioner Douglas Pinder was caught in the act scratching an £80,000 Mercedes while owner Thomas Brockbank, 68, was still in the driving seat, a Manchester court heard
Thomas Brockbank, 68, was parking his car closer to his wife's hairdresser in Whitefield, Greater Manchester on May 12 when he heard a "very loud screech".He told a Manchester court today that Douglas Pinder - who was obscured by tinted windows - had left a massive scratch along his side panel while he was sitting in the car, Manchester Evening News reports.
He says: "My wife was ready so I was about to reverse when I saw him approaching."What I expected him to do was cross to the other side of the road where there is a pavement."I saw him look around to make sure there was no-one else there, as if to check there was no-one else around.
"I heard a very loud screeching noise as he put his hand across the body."It resonated inside the car." Mr Brockbank, of Whitefield, says he left the vehicle and shouted for Mr Pinder to return.The pensioner immediately denied the accusations and became aggressive, Mr Brockbank claims. headtopics.com
But he countered, claiming he became "defensive" because Mr Brockbank demanded he pay for the damages on the spot under threat of calling 999.Mr Brockbank asked: "Why would I expect a person in the street to get out his wallet and pay for the damage there and then?"
Retired automobile businessman Mr Brockbank said it was his belief Pinder has a vendetta against the hairdressers because of its customers parking there.Mr Brockbank said: "He thought all his Christmas's had come at once when he saw the very expensive Mercedes.
"The car was £78,000."People who buy cars like that are not out cruising the streets to look for someone to pay £500."Mr Pinder is making me out to be a liar - it's a work of fiction."Mr Pinder said there have been parking issues in the area for four decades on the road, but denied it would lead him to commit criminal damage.
He also denied any vendetta against the hairdressers, and said he's "never committed a criminal offence in my life"."I think it was wrong place, wrong time," he added."He was going to vent his anger out on somebody and it was me he picked out." headtopics.com
Mr Brockbank, a retired automobile businessman, says he paid £460 to repair the damage.Deputy District Judge Neil Downey said with no evidence he had to make his decision based on the balance of probability."I am satisfied Mr Pinder inflicted this damage in the way Mr Brockbank describes."
He ordered Mr Pinder to pay the £460 cost of damage to the car plus costs of £105. Read More Read more: Daily Mirror »
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