Marker pen vandal fined after stakeout

Echo: Marker pen vandal fined after stakeout Marker pen vandal fined after stakeout

A VANDAL repeatedly defaced cars in a random Pitsea street because he was “stressed at work” and “fed up of being tailgated in his car”.

Lee Brewer, 38, was caught drawing on cars in Church Park Road, after residents teamed up with local police officers to mount a stakeout.

When he arrived, he was chased down the street by residents, some wearing pyjamas and onesies, before being caught by PC Marek Jaworski.

The dramatic action came after residents got fed-up with someone drawing on their cars in marker pen.

They said it had happened every Sunday night for five months.

Brewer, of Burrs Way, Corringham.

admitted six counts of criminal damage when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.

He was fined £167 and ordered to pay four residents a total of £300 compensation.

The court heard every Sunday evening, between December and May, someone was drawing black lines along the side of cars parked in Church Park Road.

Joe Hollins, prosecuting, told the court: “At first nobody knew what was going on.

“The damage caused meant residents had to use T-Cut to repair the damage.”

Residents got so frustrated they clubbed together to buy a CCTV system, which was streamed between their homes.

On the evening of April 27, PC Marek mounted a plain clothes patrol in the area surrounding Church Park Road, while residents watched the CCTV stream. As soon as they spotted Brewer, dressed in a light-coloured jacket, they gave chase.

He was quickly picked up by PC Marek’s team and during his arrest the black marker pen fell from his pocket.

Dee Kaur, defending, told the court Brewer could not explain why he started the campaign of vandalism or why he had targeted residents in Church Park Road.

She said: “He is thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour.

“When I asked him why he did it he said he was under a lot of stress at work and that he was doing three people’s jobs.

“He said he often leaves late and is a person who always sticks to the speed limit.

“He said he was frustrated with being tailgated as he drives in Basildon.”

There was no indication residents in Church Park Road had tailgated him.

In addition to the fine and compensation Brewer must pay £85 court costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the hearing victim Tracey Griffiths, of Church Park Road, said: “This man needed to realise what he was doing was wrong and it was causing upset to residents.

“The compensation is a nominal amount, but I am pleased we have been considered by the court service.

“I just hope this man has learned his lesson.”

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8:17am Tue 15 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

“stressed at work”

Off with his head!
“stressed at work” Off with his head! Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

8:55am Tue 15 Jul 14

andyman1971 says...

What a rubbish excuse... I'm stressed at work but I certainly won't be doing childish things to other people's property. We need a picture of his face so we can be aware of him... and draw a black line across it too and see if he likes it. Utter lowlife.
What a rubbish excuse... I'm stressed at work but I certainly won't be doing childish things to other people's property. We need a picture of his face so we can be aware of him... and draw a black line across it too and see if he likes it. Utter lowlife. andyman1971
  • Score: 17

9:01am Tue 15 Jul 14

Touch79 says...

Fined £167 with £300 compensation (which doesn't sound much if every Sunday night for five months).

Meanwhile, yesterday the young lad got fined £330 for driving 100m with a cracked windscreen.

This country is barking mad.
Fined £167 with £300 compensation (which doesn't sound much if every Sunday night for five months). Meanwhile, yesterday the young lad got fined £330 for driving 100m with a cracked windscreen. This country is barking mad. Touch79
  • Score: 20

9:04am Tue 15 Jul 14

John Right says...

Love to find his car...
Love to find his car... John Right
  • Score: 15

11:11am Tue 15 Jul 14

bazza 1 says...

It's about time Courts started taking into consideration the thoughts of the public. He should not only be named and shamed, but his photo should have been posted, so we can all see his sorry face. No doubt it would be construed as an infringement of his " Human Rights". Well sod his rights. How about respecting the law abiding, tax paying citizens rights , as well. There is a lot to be said for the Medieval punishment of the Stocks. It let people get a look at the face of the criminal.
It's about time Courts started taking into consideration the thoughts of the public. He should not only be named and shamed, but his photo should have been posted, so we can all see his sorry face. No doubt it would be construed as an infringement of his " Human Rights". Well sod his rights. How about respecting the law abiding, tax paying citizens rights , as well. There is a lot to be said for the Medieval punishment of the Stocks. It let people get a look at the face of the criminal. bazza 1
  • Score: 8

11:21am Tue 15 Jul 14

JH_123 says...

Whilst it was good to finally get a result, it's just a shame that such a small fine and compensation was awarded.

It doesn't take into account the £500 cost of CCTV funded by 2 neighbours, a weekend up a ladder, hours and hours monitoring them, countless statements and of course the huge police costs.

Nevertheless, Essex Police may often receive negative feedback for their efforts but in this case their determination could not be faulted!
Whilst it was good to finally get a result, it's just a shame that such a small fine and compensation was awarded. It doesn't take into account the £500 cost of CCTV funded by 2 neighbours, a weekend up a ladder, hours and hours monitoring them, countless statements and of course the huge police costs. Nevertheless, Essex Police may often receive negative feedback for their efforts but in this case their determination could not be faulted! JH_123
  • Score: 16

12:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

JH_123 wrote:
Whilst it was good to finally get a result, it's just a shame that such a small fine and compensation was awarded.

It doesn't take into account the £500 cost of CCTV funded by 2 neighbours, a weekend up a ladder, hours and hours monitoring them, countless statements and of course the huge police costs.

Nevertheless, Essex Police may often receive negative feedback for their efforts but in this case their determination could not be faulted!
sounds like the residents did most of the policing.....
[quote][p][bold]JH_123[/bold] wrote: Whilst it was good to finally get a result, it's just a shame that such a small fine and compensation was awarded. It doesn't take into account the £500 cost of CCTV funded by 2 neighbours, a weekend up a ladder, hours and hours monitoring them, countless statements and of course the huge police costs. Nevertheless, Essex Police may often receive negative feedback for their efforts but in this case their determination could not be faulted![/p][/quote]sounds like the residents did most of the policing..... pembury53
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Tue 15 Jul 14

danger2013 says...

bazza 1 wrote:
It's about time Courts started taking into consideration the thoughts of the public. He should not only be named and shamed, but his photo should have been posted, so we can all see his sorry face. No doubt it would be construed as an infringement of his " Human Rights". Well sod his rights. How about respecting the law abiding, tax paying citizens rights , as well. There is a lot to be said for the Medieval punishment of the Stocks. It let people get a look at the face of the criminal.
Yea why dont we burn him on a stake or even stone him to death.
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: It's about time Courts started taking into consideration the thoughts of the public. He should not only be named and shamed, but his photo should have been posted, so we can all see his sorry face. No doubt it would be construed as an infringement of his " Human Rights". Well sod his rights. How about respecting the law abiding, tax paying citizens rights , as well. There is a lot to be said for the Medieval punishment of the Stocks. It let people get a look at the face of the criminal.[/p][/quote]Yea why dont we burn him on a stake or even stone him to death. danger2013
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Tue 15 Jul 14

I Hate The Cops says...

Thankfully I don't have that problem of stress because I don't work. My advice to this guy is to quit work and go on the dole.
Thankfully I don't have that problem of stress because I don't work. My advice to this guy is to quit work and go on the dole. I Hate The Cops
  • Score: -5

7:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Nelly99 says...

Hmmm...sounds like a right scumbag with serious mental problems. On the other hand, he is a prolific writer with nothing much to say. I sense an opening at Echo Newspapers!
Hmmm...sounds like a right scumbag with serious mental problems. On the other hand, he is a prolific writer with nothing much to say. I sense an opening at Echo Newspapers! Nelly99
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

sounds like he has a screw loose more than anything.
sounds like he has a screw loose more than anything. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 1

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