‘It was the car, or her’

A SCARBOROUGH man who smashed two car wing mirrors said if he hadn’t hit them, he would have hit his ex-partner.

Ian Thomas Peter Leybourn, 27, of North Marine Road, admitted two counts of criminal damage and a breach of his bail conditions during the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

The charges relate to an incident on September 3 in William Street coach park.

He caused £200 of damage to a Mercedes Sprinter van belonging to the Bed Warehouse and also damaged a privately-owned Vauxhall Corsa, cracking the wing mirror and denting the driver’s door.

The court heard how Leybourn had met his ex-girlfriend in the coach park, despite the fact that one of his bail conditions was not to communicate with her.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said that an argument had broken out and the woman had headbutted him.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested Leybourn on suspicion of assault, but woman admitted attacking him.

However, while in custody, the defendant admitted damaging two vehicles, saying “if I hadn’t damaged the cars I’d have hit her”.

He also told police at around 6pm he had been drinking since 9.30am and had consumed a litre of vodka, a litre of whiskey and some lager.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said his client was on bail for a fully denied separate matter.

He added: “He’s been drinking with a friend and was repeatedly phoned by his ex-partner.

“He did agree to meet her at the coach park and an argument ensued.”

Mr Tubbs added that Leybourn had wished to diffuse what had been “an unfortunate state of affairs”.

The defendant was given a community order with 50 hours unpaid work as punishment for the criminal damage matters.

He was rebailed on the same conditions until October 21.