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PS24 000 CARPARK RAMPAGE; Cars wrecked in car park.

Byline: Paul Beard news@coventrytelegraph.net

A YOUNG man with paranoid schizophrenia went on a PS24,000 rampage of destruction on a Coventry Social Services car park following a meeting about his benefit claim.

A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard that Wahid Naghdi used a piece of scaf-scaf folding pole and a key to smash windows and scratch the paintwork of no fewer than 15 cars.

Naghdi, 19, of Fairfax Street, Coventry city centre, appeared at the court facing 15 charges of criminal damage.

But before the jury was sworn Recorder David Crigman QC accepted the conclusions of two psychiatrists that, because of his mental state, Naghdi was unfit to enter pleas or to stand trial.

Trevor Meegan, defending, explained that Naghdi has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia with symptoms which include delusions of persecution, TURN TO PAGE 2 FROM PAGE ONE and is on anti-psychotic medication.

"He is unable to instruct his legal representatives adequately, challenge jurors, follow proceedings in court or give evidence in his own defence."

Because of that, the jury was told by Recorder Crigman that they were not being asked to decide whether Naghdi was guilty or not, but whether he 'did the acts alleged.' The jury was told that on May 12 Naghdi attended Coventry Social Service's Children's Social Care offices in South Street, Hillfields, at 8.30am for a meeting about his benefit claim.

On leaving the meeting, he went into the car park where he picked up a length of scaffolding-type metal pole.

Then using that and a key, he made his way from car to car smashing windows and scoring the bodywork, causing damage which costs a total of PS24,000 to repair.

Naghdi smashed the windscreens on a VW Golf, a VW Polo, two Fiestas, a Mondeo, a Vauxhall Adam, an Astra and a Honda Civic, denting the bonnet of the Mondeo and scratching the paintwork on the others. He smashed the rear windows of a Fiesta, a Mazda and a Vauxhall Corsa. And he smashed side windows on a Suzuki Alto, a Nissan Note, a Peugeot 307 and a Vauxhall Zafira. He then dropped the pole and scaled a fence to get away.

Naghdi was arrested at his home the following day, but when officers tried to interview him he refused to give his name and said he could not remember his date of birth. After hearing evidence from some of the witnesses, the jury took only a short time to find that Naghdi did do the acts of damage - which does not count as a conviction. And, following the recommendations made by the two psychiatrists who had examined Naghdi, Recorder Crigman ordered him to be detained in a psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act.

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Date:Nov 18, 2014
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