Marham man used stranger’s car as a toilet, court told

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A man was caught on CCTV defecating through a car window following a night out with friends.

Joshua Clark, 19, of Hoggs Drove, Marham, pleaded guilty to a single charge of criminal damage, when he appeared in court in Lynn today.

The court heard CCTV had shown Clark outside the home of a woman he did not know in Marham, during the early hours of August 10 last year.

He was then seen to lean against a Ford Ka, which was parked outside, and defecate through a partially open window.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, said Clark initially denied the offence when interviewed by police, but later admitted it, saying he had needed to go to the toilet at the time.

She also read extracts of a personal statement from the vehicle’s owner, who said she did not know Clark and could not understand why he would act in that way.

Although the cost of the damage was only valued at £50, Clark was told to pay £250 in compensation to the owner, in recognition of the distress and disgust caused by his actions, plus £85 costs.

Presiding magistrates Simmy Potter told him: “This offence is totally disgusting. It’s just awful.”

Mitigating solicitor Ruth Johnson earlier told the bench Clark had been out for the evening with friends and was walking home at the time of the incident.

She said her client had a “very limited recollection” of what happened and had shown remorse for his actions.