Apologetic vigilante fined after attacking “the wrong address”

Barkingside Magistrates' Court

Barkingside Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A wannabe vigilante who wanted to give the person he claimed was harassing him “a scare” ended up damaging a window at the wrong house.

Daniel Ford, of Sugden Way, Barking, caused £100 worth of damage at the innocent victim’s house, thinking someone else lived there.

The victim saw Ford, 30, at his address and called the police who arrived and arrested him.

Ford pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today and said he had been reacting to threats he had received.

He told the court: “I have had the police out twice for two death threats, one got a caution and one got a harassment order.

“It was the wrong address but the person I wanted to see was only to scare to stop him from threatening me.

“I know I shouldn’t have done what I have done. I have sent flowers and a sorry card and I have apologised.”

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Ford was fined £75, and order to pay £85 in court costs, £100 in compensation and a £20 victim surcharge with the chairman of the magistrates’ bench warning him: “Trust the police. Don’t take matters into your own hands.”