Man fined for putting boot in

A DRUNKEN Coffs Harbour man who put the boot into a local McDonalds restaurant has come off second best.

In a fast food frenzy, Thomas John Horne attacked the drive through speaker box of the Coffs Harbour McDonalds.

Issued with a verbal warning from store managers, he continued to kick the metal box, threatening staff.

The whole episode in the early hours of December 13 last year was captured on closed circuit camera footage.

As restaurant managers waited for police to arrive, they confronted Horne and another man, who was with him at the time.

The tirade of abuse continued before Horne took out his anger on a customer’s vehicle.

As the Falcon Ford exited the drive through, Horne kicked the passenger’s side door panel of the car, leaving a 15cm dent.

As officers arrived, Horne fled on foot but was detained after a short foot pursuit at about 2.30am.

Described by officers as unsteady on his feet, well affected by substances and smelling of alcohol, he was arrested and charged with destroy or damage property and common assault.

The assault charge was dropped in the Coffs Harbour Local Court, but Horne was found guilty of damaging the vehicle.

He was fined $700 and ordered to pay $1000 compensation to the owner of the vehicle.



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