An angry tenant who damaged his landlord’s car following a tenancy deposit dispute has been ordered to pay £1,351 repairs.
Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard how Hieu Le, a 23-year old master’s degree student studying at Nottingham Trent University, scratched the bonnet of his landlord’s car with a stone, after being told that his £250 deposit was being withheld to pay for damage to his bedroom following an end of tenancy inspection.
Le, now of Welbeck Walk in Nottingham, felt that the deposit should have been returned, plus claimed that he had been denied access to the property to collect some of his belongings.
But deputy district judge Steven Jonas told the student that he simply “can't behave like this”.
“You are not allowed to take the law into your own hands,” he said.
“For somebody like you, studying hard to make a better life, this is outrageous behaviour. I am sure you are deeply ashamed,” the judge added.
Le pleaded guilty to causing damage to the car and was handed a two-year conditional discharge.
In addition to paying for repairs, he was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and £20 government tax.