Advocate: The overall tone of the report is that my client acted like a total idiot but in my submission he is not an idiot

Thursday 10th June 2021 4:36 am

Subscribe newsletter

Subscribe to our email and get updates right in your inbox.

A teenager has been sentenced to community service for dangerous driving and breaking a wing mirror during a row.

Jake Marcus Legat was also banned from driving for 18 months by magistrates.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to the dangerous driving charge as well as behaviour likely to cause belief immediate unlawful violence may be used, and property damage.

Prosecuting advocate Rebecca Cubbon told the court that, on August 9, the complainant in the first incident was parked at the Point of Ayre when Legat arrived in his car.

The teenager got out and was said to have started punching the windows of the complainant’s car then snapped a wing mirror.

On September 6, Legat, who lives in Douglas Road, Peel, was reported to police after performing two overtaking manoeuvres on Castletown Road, travelling from Santon to Douglas.

He was also said to have flashed his lights at one vehicle causing the man to stop his car and an argument to ensue.

The court heard that the teenager has a previous conviction for careless driving in August last year.

Defence advocate Paul Glover handed in letters of reference for his client, which said that the offences were out of character.

Mr Glover referred to a probation report and said: ’The overall tone of the report is that Mr Legat acted like a total idiot but in my submission he is not an idiot.

’He is a young man who has been heavily influenced by an older peer group. Since distancing himself from this peer group he has shown he is not an idiot.’

The advocate said that the report stated that a ’heavy sense of bravado’ had been involved in Legat’s offending and he had been showing off in front of a group.

’He has grown up and matured a lot in the last 12 months,’ said Mr Glover.

’He has taken a carpentry course at the college and is hoping to start a new job soon.’

The advocate went on to say that there had been ’bad blood’ between Legat and the complainant involved in the first incident but the teenager had written a letter of apology and there had been no further incidents.

Magistrates ordered Legat to do 200 hours unpaid work and take an extended driving test at the end of his ban.

He was also ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs and £349 compensation for the damaged wing mirror.

He will pay the amounts at a rate of £10 per week.