Drunken soldier admits damaging boat on North Lynn drive
A drunken soldier looking for respite from the rain and somewhere to nap at 3am clambered into a boat on a North Lynn driveway.
But Tommy Lear was all at sea when the shocked owner woke him in the morning.
He tried to run away from the scene in Raby Avenue but the owner caught and detained him until police arrived.
It emerged that Lear, a 23-year-old in the Army, had caused £2,000 of damage to a side window and canopy on the Seamaster 17 Reedcraft boat, Lynn's magistrates court heard on Monday.
He pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage on March 9.
Mitigating, George Sorrell asked District Judge Julie Cooper to take into account his client’s young age.
“He wanted somewhere to get out of the rain and to sleep,” Mr Sorrell said.
“When he went into the boat he was drunk. He’s not in a position to say this or that [about the offence] because he was intoxicated. He accepts that, in his drunken manner, he may or may not have caused the damage.”
Mr Sorrell added: “He’s a serving soldier - he knows the difference between right and wrong. He’s full of remorse.”
Lear, who gave an address in Nuthall Crescent, Gaywood, was fined £100 and ordered to pay £500 compensation and £115 in costs and victim surcharge.