A TEENAGER who caused hundreds of pounds of damage to two cars after a drunken night out was caught when he returned to the scene of the crime to retrieve his passport.
Tyler Yorsten, 19, dropped his passport after a struggle with a man who confronted him at the scene of the vandal attack, but, magistrates in South Tyneside were told, the man saw him return later – and called police.
He is ashamed to find himself in court and regrets what happened on that nightValerie Bell
Yorsten, of Melrose Grove, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage on October 25 when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “He was seen by a witness kicking two vehicles. The man tried to stop him and a struggle followed.
“Yorsten dropped his passport and ran off, but later returned to pick it up.
“The witness saw him return to the scene, phoned police, and Yorsten was arrested.”
She added: “In interview, he admitted kicking the vehicles and said he was drunk at the time.
Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He is 19 and unfortunately finds himself in court. He hasn’t previously been in trouble before.
“On the night in question, he had been out with friends and had consumed alcohol.
“He decided to go home as he felt he had too much to drink, but he was then the victim of an attack by a random male. He was angry, dazed and feeling frustrated.
“He is ashamed to find himself in court and regrets what happened on that night.
Yorsten was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £480 compensation for the damage to the two cars and pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.