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Barnstaple drinker who damaged car and stole items couldn’t remember crime

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

Barnstaple drinker, Martin Lee Collins damaged car and stole items couldn’t remember crime

A BARNSTAPLE drinker who damaged a car and stole sunglasses and CDs couldn’t remember his actions, a court heard.

Martin Lee Collins, 30, of Bear Street pleaded guilty to theft at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Shaun Tipton, for the prosecution, told the court blood DNA was linked to Collins after the incident in February.

Mr Tipton said the complainant was the owner of a Renault Megane car which was parked near Alexandra Road in Barnstaple.

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The rear passenger window was smashed, the driver door was open and some of the victim’s belongings left inside the car were stolen.

Mr Tipton said Collins was arrested after his blood linked him to the incident.

He said: “In interview the defendant couldn’t remember what went on but didn’t dispute the issue.

“Other damage was also caused to the vehicle.”

Collins, who was not represented by a solicitor in court, said he didn’t remember what happened.

He said: “I don’t know what to say. I have no recollection of my actions of that night.

“The last thing I remember was being in the pub. Then I woke up the next morning and saw loads of stuff on my sofa.

“Since the crime I have not had one drink. I have abstained.”

Presiding Magistrate, Judith Killen advised Collins to attend courses with Ad Action on a voluntary basis.

Collins was told to pay £10 compensation for the CDs as well as £100 compensation for the sunglasses.

He was also ordered to pay £90 compensation for the damage to the car. He did not have to pay court costs or any victim surcharge.

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