Two men sentenced in connection with criminal damage to a car in Banbury.

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Two men have been sentenced in connection to criminal damage to a car in Newlands Road, Banbury.

Tomas McLaughlin, aged 23, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, and Edward Kirby, aged 29, of no fixed abode, were sentenced in connection with an incident in Newlands Road on Saturday November 29 last year.

At approximately 1.45am, the victim, a 54-year-old man, was in bed when he heard noises outside his home.

The man looked out of his window and witnessed a man jumping up and down on his car, smashing the windscreen.

A second offender was filming the incident on a mobile phone.

Police officers were called to the scene and arrested Kirby.

McLaughlin fled but was arrested on December 10 last year.

On 29 November Kirby was charged with one count of possession of a Class A drug, one count of a racially aggravated public order offence and one count of criminal damage.

At Banbury Magistrates’ Court on December 15, Kirby pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a Class A drug and one count of a racially aggravated public order offence.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal damage but was found guilty by magistrates on 9 March this year at the same court.

He was sentenced on the same day to a three months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, ordered to pay £400 compensation, a victim surcharge £80, court costs of £750 and a fine of £50.

Meanwhile, on March 20 McLaughlin was charged with one count of criminal damage and one count of possession of a knife.

He pleaded guilty to both counts at the same court last Monday.

He was sentenced during the same hearing to 12 weeks’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £150 compensation.

Investigating officer, PC Richard Blewitt of Local CID in Banbury, said: “I am delighted that McLaughlin and Kirby have now been sentenced for the offences they committed. I hope their sentenced brings some closure to the victim, whose car was damage by McLaughlin as Kirby recorded the offence.

“I would like to thank all those officers and staff who worked on the case, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case to court.”