Costly birthday bash for Gladstone man who dented a car

HE WAS drunk and having a bit of fun celebrating a birthday bash with mates, but for no reason a Gladstone man then began to put the boot into a pensioner's car parked in the street.

His aggressive kicks left a series of dents and caused $1274 worth of damage.

The jumper Drew Ratliff wore was what later helped identify him as the offender.

Ratliff's senseless misdeeds caught up with him at Gladstone Magistrates Court when he was fined and ordered to pay compensation to the owner's insurance company.

Ratliff, 20, a painter, pleaded guilty to causing wilful damage at Yeppoon on April 23.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said the car was parked near the Pacific Hotel and after Ratliff left the hotel at 12.50am with three other men, CCTV footage captured him run at the car and kick in the front body panels.

She said a police officer who viewed the security footage realised he had spoken to the young men that night.

Sgt Hoskins said Ratliff later viewed the footage and identified his jumper and the offender as himself.

"He can't recall the event as he was drinking heavily at a birthday celebration," she said.

Sgt Hoskins sought for Ratliff to pay compensation of $1274.90 to Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client did not remember what happened that night but after seeing CCTV footage accepted he had done it.

Magistrate Penelope Hay fined Ratliff $200 and ordered him to pay the insurance company full restitution money to cover the damages bill.

"I note you were very drunk but that is no excuse," she said.



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