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Maldon: Former mayor vandalises neighbour's car in parking row
A neighbourly dispute over parking spiralled out of control when Maldon’s former mayor scrawled over his neighbour’s car in black marker.
District councillor Stephen Savage, 62, saw red when neighbour David Selby parked at the back of his home in Chelmer Terrace, Maldon, on May 5, allegedly blocking access.
He admitted causing criminal damage to Mr Selby’s red Volvo when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
The court heard Savage, who is retired and single, decided to scrawl words on the windscreen after he became fed-up with Mr Selby parking there.
Grace Court, prosecuting, said: “He was seen to write across the windscreen of the vehicle ‘as per the deeds of your property’ and it wouldn’t come off.”
She estimated that it would cost £200 to repair.
Philip Witherspoon, mitigating, said that Savage had approached Mr Selby three times previously about his neighbour’s parking.
He said: "He used a dry marker which he thought could be removed by washing up liquid.”
Judge John Woollard ordered Savage to pay £100 compensation to Mr Selby as well as £85 court costs.
Speaking after the court case, Savage said: “It was a silly thing to do and I shouldn’t have done it.”
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