Dad used baseball bat on windscreen

A PINXTON dad smashed a car windscreen with a baseball bat because he thought the occupants were ‘up to no good’, a court was told.

Victim Robert Bailey told police a man with Colin Phillips threw a punch at him after he got out of a car owned by his pal’s mother at 1am.

They later returned to the vehicle and were again approached by the pair and this time Phillips struck the windscreen with the bat, showering him with shards of glass.

Phillips, 33, was arrested and claimed a neighbour had contacted him to say two males were acting suspiciously in the street.

“He said he had the baseball bat for his own protection. He confronted the complainant and his friend, who tried to drive off.

“He said he damaged the window as he thought they had been up to no good and he accepted his actions were wrong,” prosecutor Fernando Rodrigues told Chesterfield magistrates.

Phillips, a father-of-two, of Park Lane, admitted damaging a vehicle belonging to Lisa Baxter and possessing an offensive weapon on Park Lane on April 4.

The Bench imposed a 7pm to7am curfew for eight weeks on Phillips. He was ordered to pay £75 compensation to Ms Baxter and £85 costs. The bat will be forfeited and destroyed.

Jon Barber, for Phillips, said a friend contacted him about suspicious behaviour by two males who had walked down a path. They went outside and the pair immediately ran off.

“When these lads came back they were heard to say ‘get in the car before the police come’. They were about to scarper and he broke the windscreen.

“He realises in the cold light of day it would have been safer to stay in his home and call police,” said Mr Barber.

He added: “We don’t know what these lads were up to. They say they were looking for friends in the early hours of the morning.”

The court was told that Phillips, a former electrician, had been treated for a bowel disease and was on benefit, but he hoped to return to work in motor vehicle recovery.