Derby dad-of-four slashed neighbour's tyres but 'can't recall why' he did it

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A father-of-four from Derby slashed all four tyres on one of his neighbour's cars but told a court he had no recollection of doing it - or why.

Andrew Halstead was captured on CCTV carrying out the act of vandalism on a blue Ford Focus that was parked in the street.

When the 34-year-old was shown the footage, he fully admitted it was him who did the damage but told a court he was very drunk and could not recall why he took the knife to the tyres.

Andrew Halstead slashed the tyres on his neighbours car

Andrew Halstead slashed the tyres on his neighbours car

Peter Bettany, prosecuting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, said the offence happened in Osmaston Road on September 24.

He said: “The victim parked her car outside her address and unfortunately it was attacked by Andrew Halstead.

“It was all recorded on CCTV and showed the defendant carrying out the damage and taking a knife to all four of the tyres.

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“In his (police) interview he said he had been out drinking in town, returned home, was put to bed and does not remember anything after that.

“He was shown the CCTV of him doing the damage and said he does know the victim because their daughters are friends at the same school.

“He accepted from the footage it was him and found it difficult to explain why he had done it.”

Halstead, of Davenport Road, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage. He defended himself in court.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe asked him: “What do you want to say to me about this?”

Halstead replied: “I can’t remember it happening, I was very drunk.”

Judge Taaffe said: “There is clear CCTV of you leaving your address with a knife which you used to slash four tyres of the car. Why?”

Halstead replied: “I don’t know, sir.

“As soon as I saw the CCTV I acknowledge straight away it was me (on the footage).

“I can’t recall why. It was shocking.”

Judge Taaffe handed Halstead a £100 fine and ordered him to pay £500 to the victim and a £30 victim surcharge.