By Oliver Hall
An unemployed man caught slashing the tyres of a police car on CCTV has been put under a six-month curfew.
Brett Timlett, from Watford, was caught on film crouching down next to the police car, which was seen lowering as the tyres deflated.
During the trial 37-year-old Timlett protested his innocence and insisted that although it may have been him on CCTV it would be “pretty pointless” to carry out the act of criminal damage to the marked police car parked.
At the time of the offence Timlett was on a conditional discharge for theft after being caught loading up his arms with 12 boxes of perfume.
Magistrates at St Albans Magistrates Court heard that there were few sentencing options open due to Timlett’s “illness”. The bench heard that he could not carry out unpaid work and he was already on a community order.
The court therefore imposed an electronically monitored six-month curfew from 7pm to 7am.
Timlett was ordered to compensate the police for the damaged tyres and must pay £300 costs. The amounts will be deducted from benefits.