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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow hammer thrower who hit car must do unpaid work

A BARROW man who threw a hammer into moving traffic caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to a passing vehicle.

Piran McKenna, 22, of Abbey Road, Barrow pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage when he appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard McKenna, who had been drinking in his front garden at the time, threw a hammer into traffic in Abbey Road on September 27.

Colin Hingley was returning to Barrow after picking up his daughter from Ulverston when the hammer struck his silver Peugeot.

The incident caused an estimated £1,229.28 worth of damage to the car’s bodywork.

Mr Hingley later discovered there was also damage to the back of the car and the rear driver’s side light, which he suspected may have been caused by the car behind when he applied the brakes.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “Mr Hingley came over the brow of a hill and heard a loud bang and saw a bit of metal flying away.

“The car had to brake sharply, which caused the driver behind to call him an idiot.”

A witness at the scene identified McKenna as the person who had thrown the hammer.

The court heard the witness also told Mr Hingley McKenna’s behaviour was due to the death of his child some days earlier. When he was later questioned by police, McKenna did not recall the incident in full.

Mrs Hine said: “He remembered throwing the hammer into the road but doesn't remember it hitting a car.”

Addressing the magistrates, McKenna, who appeared in court without representation, said: “I was just drunk and upset, I wouldn't normally do it.”

He went on to say he had been drinking so heavily he had ended up in hospital on the same day after splitting his head open.

Presiding magistrate, Mrs Lynne Slavin, said: “This could easily have been much worse than it was.

“Not only could it have caused an accident but it could have hit somebody walking past.”

McKenna was ordered to pay £960 in compensation and perform 100 hours of unpaid work.

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