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Man armed with bike pump smashed up workmen’s cars for disturbing his sleep


Stewart Allan Robinson admitted two charges of criminal damage (Picture: Evening Gazette)

A man who smashed up two vehicles after being disturbed while sleeping has avoided jail.

Stewart Allan Robinson ‘lost it’ and battered a van and a car with a bike pump near Middlesborough.

Having been out drinking with friends, Robinson said he had been woken up in the early hours of the morning by people carrying out work on a nearby signal box in Roseworth, Stockton-on-Tees.

The 23-year-old took the weapon to a Ford transit van and a Vauxhall Insignia belonging to workmen and caused more than £1,400 worth of damage last summer.

Robinson from Roseworth, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Stuart Haywood said that at around 4.30am on August 2, last year, Robinson entered an engineering site near to a signal box on Redbrook Avenue armed with a ‘metal object’, Teesside Live reported.

When he was confronted by staff, Robinson said: ‘Do you want some?’

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‘The witness then backed off and contacted the police’, Mr Haywood said.

Robinson, who had no previous convictions, smashed the driver side window of the Ford van before moving on to the Vauxhall, smashing the wing mirror and damaging the paintwork.

Police later caught up with Robinson and he made ‘full admissions’.

Defending, Andrew McGee said Robinson had ‘lost it’ and had never appeared before the courts before.

Mr McGee argued: ‘He (Robinson) said he lost it and couldn’t sleep as they were keeping him awake.

‘He had been out with friends the night before, had a drink and couldn’t sleep.

‘He said he took what he thought was a bike pump out of his shed and caused damage to the vehicles of the people who were working on the signal box.’

Mr McGee added that Robinson has ‘severe health difficulties’ but accepts what he did and insists that it ‘won’t happen again’.

Robinson was ordered to pay a total of £775 compensation and £22 court costs.

Magistrates also handed him a 12 month conditional discharge.

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