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Binman armed with catapult goes on vandalism spree - and loses his job, girlfriend and £3,000

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

By Gemma Angell gemma.angell@essnmedia.co.uk

  • "DRUNKEN SPREE!: Danny Jeeves

  • "DRUNKEN SPREE": Danny Jeeves Photo By Grant Melton

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A 21-YEAR-OLD binman armed with a catapult went on a drunken "spree of criminal damage" of "mind boggling stupidity".

Danny Jeeves stood in the dock at Redhill Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and was sentenced for 11 offences committed in a 15-mile radius around the Oxted, Caterham and Lingfield area over the August bank holiday.

Jeeves, of Green Lane, in Morden, pleaded guilty to all the charges, admitting he used a catapult to shoot steel ball bearings at six cars, a shop window, a pub window and a house window – causing more than £3,000-worth of damage.

He was also charged with, and pleaded guilty to, possessing a small amount of Class B drug cannabis and failure to surrender to court after being released on bail in September.

Jeeves attended the Edenbridge and Oxted Show, based at Ardenrun Showground, in Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, on August 25 this year. While at the showground he bought a catapult.

Prosecuting, Carol Fern told the court: "This was a spree of criminal damage involving a catapult.

"Mr Jeeves, clearly curious at what the catapult could do, decided to try it out.

"But he was intoxicated with alcohol. He got into his then girlfriend's car and began to shoot at cars in the car park at the showground."

Five of the charges of criminal damage involved cars located in Lingfield – the majority of which were parked at the showground.

Other charges relate to the Golden Lion pub, in Townend, Caterham, Swift Windows in Caterham High Street, and a house window in Caterham.

Defending, Keith Goodhand said: "He was at that time in employment and he accepts that it was mind-boggling stupidity that he committed these crimes.

"He was immature and intoxicated. Since that time he lost his job working for Sutton Council and has, due to this court case, lost his girlfriend of some 18 months as well."

Jeeves now has a job as a road-sweeper for Morden Council and earns £165 a week – significantly less than he was earning previously as a refuse collector.

Magistrates ordered Jeeves to pay £3,000 in compensation to those whose property he damaged.

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