Two mindless yobs who repeatedly trashed a local country park – destroying their prized plants and wrecking a crazy golf course during their spree – were caught after “celebratory” Snapchat videos were posted online, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.
Grant Donaldson, 23, and 21-year-old chef Nathan Foster were ordered to pay £1000 compensation each to the Friends of Craigtoun Country Park over a two-month campaign of vandalism.
Their childish rampages included smashing up a fence, breaking the stems of Brazilian giant rhubarb plants forcibly removing figurines from a crazy golf course and launching them into plants and a playpark and removing boats from a shed and sending them, their oars and lifejackets out into a boating pond.
The pair’s involvement in the idiotic stunts was detected after videos were posted to Snapchat of Donaldson taking part in the crimes.
A sheriff blasted the pair today – describing them as “crazy and senseless” – and ordered them to pay a £500 fine each on top of the £1000 compensation they are each to pay.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court the giant rhubarb plants had recovered – but not to their previous scale.
She said: “They were kicked over to the extent their stems were snapped. It is hoped they will eventually grow back.”
Donaldson, 23, of Berry Place, St Andrews, and Foster, 21, of Younger Gardens, St Andrews, both pleaded guilty to charges of vandalism committed between May 13 and July 31 last year at Craigtoun Countryside Park, St Andrews.
Defence solicitor Scott Norrie, for Donaldson, a plasterer, said: “It can be fairly described as yobbish behaviour.”
And David Bell, for Foster, added: “There were groups of young people congregating there after closing time.
“I wasn’t a particularly targeted attack.”
Fining the pair Sheriff Derek Reekie said: “This was crazy, senseless behaviour to a public amenity there for the benefit of everybody, run by a charity.
“You, for whatever reason, decided to trash it.
“It’s all very well to come along and say you’ll pay for the damage.
“That doesn’t properly reflect the public and the court’s disapproval of this sort of behaviour.”