Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Fine for damage to cars

Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) reported yesterday that in the early hours of Saturday and as a result of an on-going police operation into damages and theft of property from vehicles, police officers arrested Nicholas Matthew Johnston a visitor to Gibraltar on suspicion of tampering with a motor vehicle.

On being searched police found a total of seven emblems of motor vehicles, all of these emblems but one were Mercedes Benz, the remaining one belonged to a Buick.

A search of the area where Johnston was arrested produced a number of Mercedez Benz cars without their emblems.

Johnston who at the time was under the influence was taken to New Mole House where he was searched and placed in cells. Once he had sobered up he was interviewed and made a full confession.

Johnston was subsequently charged with seven counts of theft, seven counts of causing damage and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle.

On appearing in court Johnston pleaded guilty to all charges and he was fined a total of £300 and ordered to pay a total of £135.86 in compensation. The fine and compensation were to be paid forthwith or in default imprisonment.

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