A man who poured vegetable oil over his neighbour’s car after a long-running feud has been ordered to pay compensation for the damage caused. Tony Glaister, who was reportedly at his “wit’s end” and the victim had been feuding for months when matters came to a head on November 25 last year when Glaister decided to vandalise the victim’s car.
A court heard how the 51-year-old threw the contents of a bottle of water containing vegetable oil onto his neighbour’s beloved vehicle.
The damage was so extensive, the victim had to pay £210 to get the car professionally cleaned in the aftermath.
ChronicleLive reported that Glaister was called to Newcastle Magistrate’s Court to face an allegation of criminal damage, a charge he pleaded guilty to.
Prosecutor Rob Lawson said: “Some sort of oil substance was splashed over the complainant’s vehicle. A statement from the complainant says ‘I took the vehicle to a repair shop and it was machine polished to remove the substance, which cost £210.’”
Defending, Adrian Ions, said Glaister had been at his “wit’s end” after a long-running feud with the victim. He later offered his apologies to the court.
Mr Ions said: “He thought it would cause a mild inconvenience to the witness and he would just have to get a rag and wipe it off.”
Ordering Glaister to pay £100 to the victim, District Judge Paul Currer said: “In my experience, disputes between neighbours can be troubling and cause no amount of upset between parties and it tends to take over lives and becomes an obsession.
“I’m sure that’s what led you to behave in the way you did. It was out of character. It was an exceptionally silly thing to do.”
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