A binge drinker from Ellesmere Port could not remember two late night incidents in Flintshire when he damaged vehicles.

But when told the following morning what he had done, Harry George Dodd, 22, contacted the police.

Dodd, formerly of Buckley but now of Deerwood Crescent in Ellesmere Port, returned to the town with his girlfriend to celebrate her cousin’s birthday.

But at the end of the night two women in the group fell out and it was alleged that his girlfriend said if he was not taking her side, then it was over.

Punched vehicles

In drink he punched two vehicles causing damage valued at more than £2,800.

At Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold he admitted two damage charges on May 22 – one at Mill Lane when a Renault Kango van was damaged to the tune of £2,200 and one at Liverpool Road where a Ford Zetec was damaged to the value of £684.

He was ordered to pay the compensation in full, was placed on a 12 month community order with rehabilitation, and he was ordered to remain indoors on a ten week curfew between 7pm and 7am.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said the defendant’s girlfriend’s mobile phone was found at the scene of one of the damage offences.

Acted in anger

Interviewed, he said that he acted in anger. He did not drink often but when he did he found himself in trouble, he said.

Mark Evans, defending, said his client was “a drunken idiot” who had been emotionally immature in drink.

He had too much to drink and when upset took it out on the vehicles. But he had done what he could to put it right.

Full admissions

When told what he had done he volunteered himself to the police and made full admissions.

If he had been able to raise the compensation he could have received a caution.

He had already been punished because he had lost his job as a result.

Probation officer Andrew Connah said Dodd was not a dependent drinker but did binge drink at weekends and also used cannabis on a daily basis.