Compensation over dust caps

A student has been ordered to pay £100 compensation to two youngsters who were stealing dust-caps from car wheels as a game.

Adil Amjad, 18, admitted a Section 4 public order act offence at Bradford Crown Court.

The charge related to him grabbing hold of a nine-year-old boy and demanded to know what had happened to the metal dust-cap from his relative’s BMW X5.

The court heard that the youngster, whose 11-year-old friend had actually taken the dust-cap from the car, suffered a bruised arm and claimed to have been kicked on the knee during the incident in the Hammond Street area of Halifax last August.

The 11-year-old boy said that he had put the item, which covers the inflation valve on the tyres, back on the car and it had gone missing.

The court heard that the boys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been involved in a game or competition to remove dust-caps which contian car logos from vehicles.

Prosecutor Simon Haring said Amjad, of Kenyon Lane, Halifax, kept asking where the dust-cap disappeared to after he saw the boys nearby.

He was also accused of slapping the 11-year-old round the face during the unsavoury incident.

Amjad then threatened to “knock down” the mother of one of the youngster’s when she came across the altercation.

Mr Haring said Amjad, who had no previous convictions, later attended a police station voluntarily.

He told the police that he had stopped one of the boys running away.

Amjad’s lawyer Rachim Singh said his client was 17 at the time and was a full-time student.

He confirmed Amjd had plans to study pharmacy at university.

Judge David Hatton QC said Amjad no doubt appreciated now that he had gone completely over the top in reacting to what the boys were doing.

“Although of course they should not have technically been doing what they were doing,” added the judge.

The judge said he did not want to interfere with Amjad’s education and was prepared to give him a conditional discharge for 12 months.

But he ordered the teenager to pay each of the boys £50 compensation.