Teenager fined after drunken vandalism

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 June 2011

Weston High Street

Weston High Street

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A DRUNK teenager who caused ‘utter carnage’ after uprooting and vandalising bins along Weston High Street, has been slapped with a fine after his ‘stupid actions’.

David Gahame, who appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Monday charged with criminal damage, was part of a group of five men who made their way through the town at 3.35am on May 13 destroying the public waste bins.

North Somerset Council’s CCTV team spotted the yobs kicking, dismantling and bending the metal inside parts of the containers and sent police officers in to intercept them.

Becky Gardener, prosecuting, said: “The males were making their way along the High Street, towards North Street, and when police arrived one officer said they found utter carnage.

“Three of the males were arrested and Mr Gahame admitted kicking the bins and said he realised it was stupid and that they would need replacing by the council.”

The 19-year-old painter and decorator, of previous good character, said he had been drunk at the time of the offence.

As the unitary authority had not replied to the Crown Prosecution Service with details of the costs of the bins, magistrate Trevor Morgan said he could not order Gahame to pay compensation.

Mr Morgan said: “This is criminal damage to council property and all because of your stupid actions.”

Gahame, of The Drive, was ordered to pay a £135 fine and court costs of £85.

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