Sheffield thug smashes Landrover with baseball bat after cash row

A thug who smashed a man’s Land Rover Freelander with a baseball bat after a row over money has been ordered to pay compensation,

Friday, 20th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 11:45 am

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on December 19 how Louis Hancock, aged 26, of Musgrave Road, Shirecliffe, smashed the vehicle which was left with damage to a windscreen, a passenger window and a rear window.

Emily King, prosecuting, said it was alleged the defendant owed the victim money and the victim contacted Hancock who said he had no intention to repay him.

Miss King added: “An argument ensued and resulted in the defendant attending the victim’s property with a baseball bat and he asked him to come out.”

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Hancock damaged the victim’s Landrover Freelander, according to Miss King, who added there was another person present who was alleged to have caused damage to the back of the vehicle.

Hancock admitted causing criminal damage after the incident on November 28.

David Gittins, defending, said Hancock accepts some of the background about why he was there, but that does not matter because he lost his temper and caused damage to the windscreen and he apologises.

Mr Gittins added that Hancock suffers with anxiety, severe depression and a split personality disorder so when there are heightened emotions this triggers these difficulties and he lashed out.

Magistrates ordered Hancock, who is on benefits, to pay £100 compensation and £45 costs.

He was also sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge but warned if he commits another offence in the next year he will be sentenced for the damage matter with any new crime.