Grieving Northampton man chucked bricks at neighbourhood cars while drunk

A witness described how Paul Moss tried swinging a recycling bin at an Audi. When it bounced off, he instead hurled a brick at it

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 8:10 am
A Northampton man drunkenly smashed the windows on five cars by slinging bricks at them.

A Northampton man smashed five cars by slinging bricks and stones at them while severely drunk in a Kings Heath neighbourhood.

Paul Moss, of Welland Green, woke up several witnesses in the early hours of March 24, 2020, where he was seen loudly banging on a door in Severn Drive.

Northampton Magistrate's Court heard how one witness saw then 30-year-old seemed to give up and wander up the street - only to pick up a recycling bin and swing it into a parked Audi.

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When the bin bounced off the vehicle, Moss instead picked up a brick and slung it at the rear window.

He then proceeded to smash the windows on four other cars by picking up stones or bricks and hurling them.

He was arrested soon afterwards. After sobering up for his police interview, Moss told officers he could remember barely any of the offending and was "appalled" at his behaviour.

He later leaded guilty to five counts of causing criminal damage. The court heard the 30-year-old was grieving for a family member at the time and was severely drunk.

Northampton Magistrate's Court adjourned sentencing Moss for one month while a report into his background was prepared.

The 30-year-old has previous convictions for criminal damage.

The court heard he is in contact with the owner of one of the five vehicles to arrange paying the cost of repairs.

When he returns to court, Moss is expected to be ordered to pay his victims in compensation.