A pensioner who had been drinking caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to his next-door neighbour’s car, a court heard.
James Czaban, 67, of Moor Street, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing damage to a car belonging to Andrew Wilson.
Prosecuting, Susan McNamara said on August 14 at 8.45pm a 14-year-old boy, who was walking along Moor Street, said he saw Czaban appear to scatch his neighbour’s Toyota which was parked on the road.
The teenager alerted the neighbour who found a 12-inch long scratch on his car’s wing that needed to be re-sprayed.
When interviewed Czaban denied causing the damage and told police that he had no grudge against his neighbour.
Tony O’Brien, defending, said his client, who has no previous convictions, walked with crutches after having had a knee and hip replacement and was unsteady on his feet.
On the evening of the offence Czaban had been to a club and had some drinks.
Mr O’Brien added: “It would appear he had too much to drink and fell in the street, causing the damage to the car in the process.”
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 compensation to his neighbour plus £85 costs, by Blackpool magistrates.