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Blacklisted - anger at long term effects of car vandal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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VICTIMS of a teenage vandal who scratched 31 cars will be left feeling the long-term effects of his drunken behaviour after it emerged their car insurance could be blacklisted.

One victim, Babar Khan, who was left with a £2,000 repair bill, said some victims, in Outwoods Street and Belvedere Road, Burton, who are renewing their car insurance found that the price has increased.

Mr Khan said: “The insurance company has said there have been 40 claims of car damage in the last year so both streets have been blacklisted.

“It is not just about the damage now, but also about the long term effects.”

It was Mr Khan’s CCTV system which caught the 17-year-old, who the Mail is banned from naming, in the act as he scratched 31 cars parked on the road in both streets during a ‘drunken mistake’ one night in February.

His vandalism cost a total of £25,000 in damage but, after admitting the offence in Burton Youth Court, he was only ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Victims were, instead, advised to seek compensation through the civil courts.

The vandal, who could face being banned from the area, was also given a nine-month youth referral order and a meeting with victims was organised by the youth offending team who are determining his punishment.

Mr Khan said: “There were about a dozen people (at the meeting). Some didn’t come along as many have lost faith in the criminal justice system.

“The team said there were so many victims that rather them writing individual letters, asked that we all get together.

“We asked why his sentence was so lenient. Everyone was shocked at that. There is a lot of anger that he has just got away with it.

“They said the magistrates gave him that sentence because of his age and they treated each individual offence as a separate case.

“The team thinks he will get 150 hours unpaid work. We want him to get the very worst of that work.”

However, many victims still want compensation and will be following Mr Babar through the civil courts to get justice,

He said: “We don’t want him to get off. Everyone in that meeting thinks he got away clean.”

Some victims believe that community sentences are not working and hope to hold a meeting with Burton MP Andrew Griffiths in the future.

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