Soldier could not remember damaging car

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A SOLDIER who cannot remember a night out during which he caused criminal damage to a car in Bridlington has been conditionally discharged by magistrates.

Hayden Thomas Faulkner, 19, of West Avenue, Burton Fleming, pleaded guilty at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court to damaging a car wing mirror on May 8.

At 4.40am police officers on duty on Esplanade saw Faulkner arguing with a group of males and told him to leave the area.

As he was walking on The Promenade, Faulkner kicked out with his right leg and kicked the wing mirror off a Vauxhall Tigra parked on the road side.

Prosecutor Jayne Wilson said: “He went out with a group of friends, but could not remember arguing and could not remember how he got into custody.”

Richard Fowler, mitigating, said Faulkner, who is due to go to Afghanistan with the Armed Forces in September, woke up in a police cell and had no recollection of what happened to him on that night. “It has frightened him,” Mr Fowler said.

He added that Faulkner accepted what police officers said in relation to the matter, but said he did not target the vehicle.

“Of more concern is to make sure he never wakes up again in a police cell and especially not knowing how he got there. It has been quite literally a sobering experience for him,” said Mr Fowler.

Faulkner received a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £291.81 compensation and £85 costs.