Teenage vandal ordered to pay compensation for Didcot damage

Witney Gazette: Oxford Magistrates Court Oxford Magistrates Court

A TEENAGER was ordered to pay £650 in compensation after admitting 11 counts of criminal damage.

The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also pleaded guilty at the youth court at Oxford Magistrates’ Court, yesterday, to one count of assault by beating on March 9 and one count of theft from Wilkinson in Didcot on March 3.

The teenager was arrested along with a 16-year-old boy who is yet to appear in court, after cars, a front door and a bike was sprayed with blue and orange paint in Didcot’s Torridge Drive, Hitchcock Way, Ottery Way, and Usk Way on March 3.

He was given a referral order for all the offences for nine months.

Chairman of the bench Nigel James said: “Because your actions caused damage to quite a few people we are requiring compensation and this is your half of the compensation.”

He added: “Because of your age that will fall to your parents to pay. But I hope you will take action to pay it back.”

The compensation order included £500 to Didcot Town Council.

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