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Car vandal ‘was caught on internet’

A 20-year-old babysitter apparently caught confessing to a crime on the internet has appeared at Fermanagh Magistrates Court.

Leanne Boyle, of Corban Avenue, Enniskillen, initially denied smashing up a Renault Clio belonging to Lyndsey Woods.

However, the court heard that she was confronted on the Bebo networking site with the message: “You may get your cheque book out and pay for that car.”

To which Boyle allegedly replied: “F**k off. I would rather go to jail.”

District Judge Liam McNally suggested she had been “caught by a social networking site”.

However, Boyle’s defence barrister said there was a question as to whether or not such confessions were admissible in court. Boyle admitted the offence and was put on probation for 18 months to undertake drug and alcohol counselling.

She was also ordered to pay the car owner £200 compensation.

Outlining the offence, a prosecutor told the court that on October 4, 2009, police were called after an estimated £1,000 worth of damage was caused to the Clio.

The owner claimed to know who had attacked the car and this led to the arrest of Boyle and another woman. Both denied involvement. However, an independent witness identified them as having caused the damage.

The District Judge said Boyle was “obviously an intelligent girl who has wasted her talents to date”.

Boyle’s barrister said she was very much the secondary party on this occasion. She had been babysitting and her friend came home in an agitated and intoxicated state and they went to where the injured party’s car was parked and it was the friend who started to attack the vehicle.

Boyle then reacted to provocation and kicked the headlight. As a result she sustained a serious injury to her foot and was unable to participate any further in damaging the car.

The barrister pointed out that the charges against Boyle’s co-accused were withdrawn and she was bound over to keep the peace.

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