Trio found guilty of causing £40,000 worth of damage using catapult across north Kent

PUBLISHED: 15:18 13 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 June 2013

A trio who used a catapult to caused £40,000 worth of damage across north Kent during a 10-week period have been found guilty by a jury.

Dean Kenny, 28, of Pier Road, Greenhithe, Richard Gaudoin, 25, of Hawthorn Road, Dartford, and Ryan Burnside, 24, of Lower Croft, Swanley were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit criminal damage at Maidstone Crown Court last week.

The three fired rocks, stones and ball bearings from a moving car at parked vehicles, moving buses and shop windows. The court heard they committed up to 35 offences in just one day in October.

Officers tracked the men through their mobile phone usage, which was backed up by automatic number plate recognition and CCTV footage. Kenny and Burnside were then picked out of an identification procedure.

Det Con Chris Weatherstone, of Kent Police, said: “This was a prolonged and painstaking investigation which included officers taking more than 200 statements from victims and possible witnesses.

“It should also send out a stark warning to those hell bent on causing mindless damage that has an impact on a significant number of people. We will find you and we will do everything in our power to bring you to justice.”

Sentencing will take place at Maidstone Crown Court on July 19.

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