Sheffield man who saw 'red mist' smashed up neighbour's car in dispute

A thug who saw the ‘red mist’ during a neighbourhood dispute smashed up a man’s car.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 5:29 pm

Shayne West, aged 38, of The Circle, at Manor, Sheffield, caused £750 of damage to the Subaru Impreza, on Stonecliffe Road, Sheffield, according to a Sheffield Magistrates’ Court hearing.

The court heard on December 5 how West had been visiting family and friends at Stonecliffe Road who told him they had been involved in a dispute with the complainant who was a neighbour.

Kirsty Pearson, prosecuting, said: “The victim was present at his home address and went into the garden and was confronted by the defendant.”

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The complainant drove away, according to Ms Pearson, but when he returned he was confronted again by West.

Ms Pearson said: “The victim told him to go away and shortly after he was seen to strike the complainant’s vehicle, a Subaru Impreza, with a shovel-type implement, to the windscreen, rear windows and to the bodywork.”

West, who expressed remorse to police, claimed he had seen the “red mist” after the complainant threatened him.

The defendant, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after the incident on November 19.

Matt Hague, defending, said West had been visiting family and friends who explained there had been a dispute with the complainant and West became involved.

Mr Hague added: “There were heated words and there may have been an element of provocation and he has seen the red mist.”

Magistrates sentenced West to a 28 day curfew and ordered him to pay £200 compensation and £85 costs.