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Plastering boss caused £8,000 damage in Kidderminster crash
2:19pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
THE boss of a plastering outfit borrowed a colleague's expensive car and caused more than £8,000 damage in a crash in Kidderminster.
Adam Gee was at the wheel of a Mercedes when he struck an Audi TT in East Street and carried on, leaving a number plate behind.
He was easily traced by police, said prosecutor Sophie Lomas.
The Audi belonging to Zenon Malinowski was written off by the insurance company for £7,131. It cost £1,700 to repair the Mercedes and the owner lost his £600 no-claim bonus.
Gee, 26, of New Road, Far Forest, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to aggravated vehicle taking and was given a three-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months.
He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £8,830 compensation and £150 costs.
He was disqualified for 12 months to run concurrently with a three-year ban imposed in July for drink-driving.
Tim Talbot-Webb, mitigating, said Gee was a plasterer and employed three men.
He had taken the keys to the Mercedes from the ring containing the keys to the works van.
He was hoping to find work and thought it would be more impressive if he was in a car instead of the works van. The collision came when he rounded a corner into a residential street and lost control.
Recorder Davinder Lachhar said it was a serious case where Gee had taken the car without permission and driven without insurance.
He had taken a risk and it was the duty of courts to protect the public. Had there been a serious injury, Gee would have been before the court on a more serious charge.