‘Messing about’ leads to damage costing £200

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A 23-YEAR-OLD man who was ‘full of Christmas cheer’ caused more than £200 worth of damage to Christmas tree lights, a court heard.

Calum Darcy, of Lushington Road, drank 10 double vodka and Cokes at Kings Nightclub in Langney Road on December 13.

Madeleine Priestley, defending, said the trainee bar manager had seen some lights which had fallen from one of Eastbourne Borough Council’s large Christmas trees and ‘messed around’ with them.

She said, “He was full of Christmas cheer, he had been out for the evening and he was – in his own words – ‘larking about with the lights’.”

Police on patrol noticed the lights had fallen off the tree and saw Darcy walking away at 1.10am.

Darcy pleaded guilty to causing £205 of damage to the council lights at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday (April 15).

At the time of his arrest he was cautioned and ordered to pay back the money in compensation.

Darcy was given until February to settle the debt but he claimed he did not have the money and he was summoned to appear at court.

Magistrates ordered him to pay the £205 back to the council, pay £50 towards legal costs and put him on a conditional discharge for six months.