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Peeved youngster sprayed cars

TWO LERWICK teenagers who spray painted cars to get back at someone who “peeved” them off, were told to find the money to repair the damage, at Lerwick Sheriff Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Unemployed 16 year old Shane Callum Tait, of 4 John Jamieson Close, and his 18 year old friend Keith Bowie, of 19 Russell Crescent, both admitted causing reckless damage to the vehicles at Hamarsgarth, in Mossbank.

Bowie, who pled guilty by letter, also admitted carrying an offensive weapon, namely a claw hammer.

Defending himself, Tait told the court the pair had gone to Mossbank to spray paint a car on 6 October last year, causing damage costing £230 to repair.

However they later realised they had vandalised the wrong target, painting their intended victim’s father’s vehicle instead, so they returned the following day, this time causing damage worth £704 to the car they meant to damage.

When Sheriff Graeme Napier asked Tait why he had done it, he replied: “He peeved me off one day. I meant to spray his car, but I got the wrong car so I went back and got it right.”

The sheriff gave both accused until 10 February to tell him how they intended to raise £1,000 to pay compensation. “This is absolutely absurd,” he said.