I was unwise' says car paint row OAP
PUBLISHED: 10:26 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 23 August 2010
AN 82-YEAR-OLD former mayor has been given a six-month conditional discharge after admitting to daubing paint on a driving instructor s car. He appeared at Medway Magistrates Court just six weeks after he was found guilty of assaulting two police office
AN 82-YEAR-OLD former mayor has been given a six-month conditional discharge after admitting to daubing paint on a driving instructor's car.
He appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court just six weeks after he was found guilty of assaulting two police officers in an unrelated case.
Frank Gibson, OBE, of Windmill Street, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal damage last Wednesday.
The court heard how on October 14, 2006, Mr Gibson, who was on his driveway painting his garage, had got into an argument with driving instructor Tarlochan Singh Dhillon after he refused to move his car from yellow lines outside Mr Gibson's house.
Following Mr Dhillion's refusal to move the 82-year-old daubed the paint on the wing of his car.
In a statement read out in court witness Jenny Mcfarland, a carer who was returning from an appointment in the area, said: "I was about six to 10 feet away from the driving instructor's car.
"I can't be sure if the Indian driving instructor was in the car or not when the white male asked him to reverse back into a parking bay. It was a polite request. He seemed to ask him more than once but the Indian man refused to move the car. He seemed to be being belligerent."
David Eather, chair of the magistrates, gave Mr Gibson a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £23.50 compensation and £100 court costs.
Mr Eather said: "We have listened very carefully to what has been said in court today. Whilst we accept that you acted out of frustration your actions were totally unacceptable."
Speaking outside the court Mr Gibson said: "I think it was a very fair decision the magistrates have taken all the facts very properly into account and have come to a very proper and reasonable decision.
"It was an unwise thing to have done but I didn't realise it was criminal. Two wrongs don't make a right and I accept that I shouldn't have done it."
Earlier this year in January Mr Gibson was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £910 costs after he was found guilty of assaulting two police officers after he was stopped on suspicion of drink driving as he drove home from Luddesdown Church on Christmas Eve 2006.