COURT FOR RYDE MAN WHO SCRATCHED NEIGHBOUR’S 5 VEHICLES IN ‘OUT OF CHARACTER’ ACT

A 58-year-old Ryde man who randomly scratched 5 of his neighbour’s vehicles during the middle of the night, causing over £3,500 of damage, has been handed a conditional discharge and ordered to pay full compensation.

Stephen Gibbins, of Great Preston Road in Ryde, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with 3 counts of criminal damage totalling £3,553.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that at 02:20 on 18th September last year, CCTV footage captured a man with a dog causing damage to a motorhome and 4 cars in the vicinity of Elm Close. A male – now known to be Gibbins – was seen on camera reaching into his pocket and pulling an unknown object out, before scratching it down the side of the 5 vehicles.

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The victims – who are all related – were soon able to work out that it was one of their neighbours. The matter was reported to the Police and Gibbins was interviewed, during which he made full admissions.

Defending, Oscar Vincent said that his client could not think of why he did the act, but that he has attended the Isle of Wight Festival in the days period and consumed an unusual amount of alcohol. Mr Vincent made it clear to the bench that Gibbins had offered to pay for repair works on the vehicles during his interview with Police.

Magistrates, who described the incident as ‘out of character’, handed down a 24-month conditional discharge with an order to pay £3,553 compensation, £85 costs and a £22 surcharge.

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Letting you know
Letting you know
4 months ago

The chav’s are getting older these days, how would he feel if it happened to his property….

Lee
Lee
4 months ago

2 cars maximum per household
Fancy increasing council tax for the number of vehicles an household owns.
Also some people park vehicles twice the size of smaller vehicles along the road
Making it difficult to find spaces.
I know someone who drives a car twice the size of anyone else’s and he is on his own
He does not need a car the size of a truck

Tax vehicles by vehicle size.

He will soon by a mini or smaller car

Johnny
Johnny
4 months ago

Personally I blame the Council
They are responsible for Roads on those island

They should install parking meters along all roads.
Therefore it would deter people owning to many vehicles

It would also be good for the climate

Why does 1 household need so many vehicles

As for Camper Vans there are loads of storage places on the Island, even in
Nicholson Road Ryde.
If you can afford a camper van you can afford to pay to store it.

IW Council SORT out the parking problems on the Island.

Over the years the island is overrun with vehicles

How about a Congestion or Clean Air Zone charge when entering Newport

Do your bit for the climate

Lee
Lee
4 months ago

So many work vans Parked along Roads and Streets at night.

Some of these Companies have Depots, yet they still allow staff to take vehicles home with them.

Company vehicles should not be allowed to park overnight on Roads,
get them back to the Depot.

It’s difficult enough to park as it is, yet alone the Roads being full of large vehicles overnight.

Garry Ammon
Garry Ammon
Reply to  Lee
4 months ago

I’m sure you’re not quite so anti-tradesman when your boilers gone down or you’ve no electric, Lee.

Don’t be such a fool, most island firms don’t have depots large enough for all of the vehicles their staff have, and remember that a lot of trades will be on call-out overnight too! I’ll assume it’s only sign-written vans you have a problem with and not all vans… idiotic!

John
John
4 months ago

Just drove along Great Preston Road Ryde

Van PARKED on PAVEMENT outside council houses

WALK WAY UNSAFE, ROAD UNSAFE

When it comes to Parking the Island is Lawless

WHY ARE PEOPLE ALLOWED TO MAKE IT UNSAFE FOR PERSONS TO
WALK SAFELY ALONG THE PAVEMENTS ON THE ISLAND

Local person
Local person
4 months ago

Not the right way to get revenge but do understand his frustration, why should one household take up 5 parking spaces. One vehicle per house or off road parking should be enforced by council. The rest can be paid for with permits.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Local person
4 months ago

So true.

Ian merry
Ian merry
4 months ago

Stephen Gibbins is
drop dead gorgeous yeah yeah

Chippy the chip man
Chippy the chip man
Reply to  Ian merry
4 months ago

He is one hot, drunken vandal

John Doe
John Doe
4 months ago

This is no laughing matter.
That family live for those vehicles and securing parking spaces for all 7 of them.
The dedication to monitor thier cctv 24-7 is nothing short of heroic.
I cant begin to imagine the deviststion and heartbreak this terrible attack has caused

 

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