Buckie car vandal caught on camera ordered to repay victims

Car vandal ordered to repay damages
Car vandal ordered to repay damages

THE BUCKIE WOMAN who was caught on CCTV inflicting thousands of pounds in damages on parked cars reappeared at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Hazel Innes, 44, had faced the court on April 21 when she admitted damaging the cars by running a hard object along their bodywork on Seaview Road in the Moray town.

Innes was caught after CCTV images of her conducting the crime were posted on social media by one of her victims, Shona Coull, in January. Hours after the appearance of the video footage police arrested Innes, who, it was revealed in court yesterday, had initially strenuously denied any involvement in the crime.

The court was told that under police questioning, Innes claimed the person seen damaging Mrs Coull’s car in the video was not her. Fiscal depute Alison Wylie said that Innes unleashed a “foul-mouthed tirade” and maintained her innocence.

However, defence agent David Adam said that his client accepted the charges after being given time to reflect on her predicament. He added: “She accepts now that she must have done it – but can give no rational explanation as to why.”

The court was told that the total cost of the damages to their car owners came to £2845 – a sum that Innes was ordered to repay in full by Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov.

Innes has been ordered to return to the court in August, by which time, the Sheriff said, she expected “full restitution” to have been paid.