Youth custody for promising student who torched car lot
A PROMISING student who torched and vandalised cars while high on drugs has been sentenced to 12 months' youth custody.
Earl Bayliss obtained 13 GCSEs at school, as well as AS Levels, and landed well-paid jobs in the past, Bristol Crown Court was told.
After bingeing on drink and drugs, including the stimulant mephedrone, also known as Mcat, he smashed several vehicles in Kingswood with a baseball bat before torching a car lot, causing damage running into tens of thousands of pounds.
The 19-year-old, of Lower Hanham Road, Kingswood, pleaded guilty to arson and six charges of damaging property in June and August.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Judge Julian Lambert told him: "You were arrested reading a book in a public library. You are from a good family. The route of this is not difficult to find; persistent use of drink and drugs.
"Mcat and alcohol needs to be drawn to the attention of all those who take it. It makes people lose their minds. You must never take it again and you are well advised not to drink."
Bayliss cupped his hands to his face and supporters wept in the public gallery when the sentence was handed down.
Mark Hollier, prosecuting, said it was on June 30 when the owner of a Skoda Fabia parked in Court Road found his windscreen smashed and the driver's mirror hanging off.
A witness had seen a man matching Bayliss' description running away and a fingerprint from the mirror matched the teenager.
Around the same time, the owner of a Peugeot 106 parked in Elm Road heard a loud smash and saw Bayliss, whom she knew by name. He was standing next to her car with a baseball bat, smoking, the court heard.
He ran off and further inspection of the car revealed the rear offside window was smashed, bringing estimated total damage to £200 to £300.
Mr Hollier said that, also around the same time, a witness saw a man fitting Bayliss' description using a baseball bat to smash the wing mirror off a Citroen Berlingo van in Pows Road.
The owner of a Vauxhall Antara also heard banging from outside his home in Mount Hill Road, Hanham, and looked out to see the driver's mirror of his car had been knocked off, causing £200 damage.
Police interviewed Bayliss and he said he was so drunk he didn't remember how he got to be alone, what route he took home or causing any damage.
Mr Hollier said in August Bayliss was on police bail when he struck again, at 4.30am at AC Auto Services on Lucas Business Park in Hanham.
He said: "The defendant can be seen on the CCTV cameras entering the yard area by coming from the gate entrance.
"The CCTV shows him causing damage to 11 vehicles within the enclosed yard. Nine of these vehicles were under the control of owner Adrian Cox whilst the remaining two were in the control of Andrew Whitham. Five of the vehicles were damaged by arson."
The court heard the torched vehicles were beyond repair and other cars were smashed or keyed.
Mr Hollier said Mr Cox and his friend Lee Oram viewed the yard's CCTV and Mr Oram spotted the defendant's distinctive Mohican hairstyle as he entered Hanham library.
Mr Cox then went to the library, identified Bayliss, and police arrested him.
The court heard Bayliss told police he had consumed eight to ten cans of lager at a party before going on to Chasers club in Kingswood.
He said that, whilst at the club, he downed more alcohol and took a small amount of Mcat.
Bayliss told how he had entered the yard to urinate and could only remember watching a fire there around 6am.
The court heard he admitted that he had no reason to cause damage and was not in dispute with the yard owner or anyone else.