Unemployed Ben Emerson, 21, targeted seven businesses in Rochford town centre and caused £1,230 damage in the early hours of October 8 last year.How? Simple – drunken vandalism:
Emerson broke the windows of the Royal Tandoori restaurant, the Beehive Tearooms, picture framing company Frame It, insurance brokers Genesis Risk Solutions, Aztec event organisers, Haynes Florists and the Marlborough Head pub.And the penalty for this? Does it fit the crime?
Well, what do you think?
He gave Emerson a year-long community order, told him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to each business – the total of £350 will be deducted from his benefits.The insurers will have to swallow the rest, which will then push up everyone’s premiums.
Deputy district judge Booker told Emerson: “The incident is a very sad one, because you’ve had a good character up to this present time.It’ll have to be, won’t it? Because, by god, the justice system is incapable of providing one….
“You’re a young man, and now you’ve blemished your record.
“That is in itself your punishment.”