Grudge led man to punch car

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AN old grudge led to an Alfreton teenager punching out at a car driven by an ex school colleague, a court heard.

David Brassington was parked outside a McDonalds drive-thru in Nottingham Road, Somercotes, on April 17 when he was approached by a gang of youths hiding their faces.

“He feared for his safety and pulled away and he heard a bang at the back of his car and contacted police,” Lynn Manning, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

Officers were given descriptions of the gang and stopped them in the village. Lee Brailsford stepped forward and admitted hitting the car.

He was arrested and told police he had recognised the driver from when they were at school.

Brailsford, 19, of Chesterfield Road, Alfreton, admitted damaging a car panel. He had a previous conviction for shoplifting.

“It must have been a frightening incident for the victim that hooded youths, or with their faces partially covered, went towards his vehicle.

“I think he made a good decision to drive off and in temper you lashed out at his vehicle,” District Judge Andrew Davison told Brailsford.

He added: “Some old school grudge caused you to do this. We don’t know what would have happened if he had stayed there.”

Brailsford was given a one-year conditional discharge and must pay £60 compensation, with £85 costs.

His solicitor, Felicity Clarke, said there was “an issue with the complainant from some time ago”. He pulled his scarf up around his face and punched the car.

She said he grew up in the care system and, after tracing his natural family, he found there was a history of cancer and two relatives had died from it.

“He has therefore been drinking more than normal. He has sought help from his doctor and been given diazepam to help with stress,” added Ms Clarke.