Young career crook smashed window at man's Wallsend home by throwing a rock
A young crook who had already amassed 80 offences on his record by the age of 25 was back in trouble after smashing a window at a man's home.
Daniel Whitelaw didn't know the victim when he was captured on camera walking past his Wallsend house and hurling a rock or stone towards it.
A court heard that the item smashed a living room window while a woman was sitting inside.
CCTV caught the vandal, who has past convictions for theft and criminal damage, walking up to the home, throwing the rock then running away.
Police later identified him from the footage but he denied it was him.
Whitelaw, of Saville Street West, in North Shields, pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal damage and his case was listed for trial earlier this week.
However, he was convicted in his absence after he failed to show and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The career crook was back at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court in custody on Tuesday to face the music.
Prosecutor, Leanne Duffy, said Whitelaw targeted the victim's home at around 6.30pm on April 25 this year.
She continued: "He attacked the address by throwing an item at the injured party's window.
"The offence was captured on CCTV from the address and that placed the defendant there."
The court heard that the total amount of damage caused was £140.
Having now accepted is guilty, Whitlelaw claimed he'd been asked to cause the damage by an associate.
Kash Khan, defending, said Whitelaw suffered from mental health issues and had forgotten to turn up for his trial.
The solicitor added: "He's got very little to say about the actual offence, apart from it was stupidity.
"Throwing something like is going to cause damage and it did."
Giving Whitelaw a nine-month community order, Deputy District Judge Mark Daley said: "You could have saved everyone trouble by pleading guilty - it would have saved everyone time.
"You don't know the person whose window you broke but that must have been a terrifying experience for them."
He was also ordered to pay £140 compensation.
Whitelaw, who is renowned for court outbursts, managed to keep his cool when receiving sentence.
At a previous hearing in 2020 for a separate matter, the lout told a judge "I'll remember your face, you dirty c***" when he was remanded in custody to await a trial.
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