One raging teen set fire to a speed camera after it had given his mate a speeding ticket.
Michael Duncan, aged 19, was seen by police in the early hours spraying petrol onto an already alight speed camera on Tybridge Street, Worcester.
The muppet, of Trent Road, Worcester, has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted arson and having an article with intent to destroy, at the city’s magistrates’ court. How he got away with “attempted arson” is beyond me.
Duncan, who, the court heard had taken “10 rocks” of crack, was seen by officers “actively applying petrol on the flames”, continued Mrs Orton.
She said officers said the defendant “smelt heavily of petrol” and, when searched, they found a “clear plastic bottle” containing the fluid and a lighter.
The court were told, while at a friend’s flat, Duncan was told the friend “had got a speeding ticket” who then suggested the defendant “go and set fire to the machine”.
The pair then went to a local petrol station where they filled up a container with petrol before later moving it to “squeezy bottles”.
Neil Davis, defending, said that “no damage was caused by his actions” – despite the camera being on fire.
He said his client “had a problem with class A drugs” and “had taken drugs before the events on that night”.
“Other people were involved in egging him on,” he said. “He was the stupid person who did it, he accepts that.”
However, Mr Davis went up to say: “He stopped [taking drugs] and went cold turkey with the help of his mother, who is sitting at the back of the court.”
He said Duncan was an impressionable young man and easily influenced or just an idiot if you ask me.
Duncan was given a nine-month community order, which includes 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement Days and 20 hours attendance at a senior attendance centre.
David Shadwell, chair of the bench, praised the support of Duncan’s mum but said the RAR days and attendance centre would help him become more independent.
“This is about helping you improve on your current situation,” said Mr Shadwell.
Duncan was also ordered to pay a total of £310 in fines and costs, which the court heard his mum would pay for him.