Man convicted of causing criminal damage in Newhaven

A man has been convicted of causing criminal damage to vehicles in Newhaven following a four-day trial.

Tyrone Harrison, 62, of Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, was charged with causing damage to nine vehicles over a six week period.

He was acquitted of all but two of the charges at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 17 April. Harrison denied the charges.

The court heard that after cars being scratched by a sharp object in Hillcrest Road for years, the police carried out observations in the road in the early hours of Friday December 2.

Sussex Police said Harrison was seen to approach a Ford C-Max and damage it.

He was arrested soon after in Hillcrest Road and found to be in possession of a key and an envelope containing faeces.

The key was later found to contain over 50 different flecks of automotive paint.

The court was shown footage of a man approaching a parked vehicle in Hillcrest Road on November 25 and scratching the paint work of it.

Harrison in his defence denied causing any damage and denied he was the person in the CCTV footage.

The court did not believe him and he was convicted with causing damage to the car.

Sussex Police said after Harrison was arrested, the damage to vehicles stopped.

Harrison received a £1,400 fine, was ordered to pay £1,225.78 in compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and £700 in court costs.

After the case PC Louise Barkaway said: “I’d like to thank the efforts of the residents who were integral to Mr Harrison being convicted.

“I am pleased that the court has sent a strong message by way of his heavy financial conviction that his actions were completely unacceptable.”