Neighbour sets up camera to catch man smashing car windows

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

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A man caught his neighbour smashing up his car by setting up a security camera following a long-running dispute.

Dean Lally caused £6,000 in damage as he walked around the the car, smashing windows with a bike lock.

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After shattering most of the windows, he can be seen throwing the ‘D-lock’ across their front lawn while mouthing verbal abuse at the camera and gesturing aggressively with his arms.

Dennis Johnson, 54, had installed a CCTV system at his home on the same day that the windows of his 2017 Citreon C4 Grand Picasso, were smashed.

Police arrested Lally, of Wigan, Lancashire, at the scene and he was charged with causing criminal damage to the vehicle.

Neighbour sets up camera to catch man smashing car windows
Dean Lally was caught smashing in the windows of his neighbour’s car (Picture: SWNS)

Lally, from Wigan, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

He was given a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ community service and he was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation to Dennis.

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Speaking after the court case, father-of-four Dennis said he and Lally had fallen out in the months leading up to the incident.

This had eventually escalated to abuse being hurled in both directions on a number of occasions, he admitted, but he was shocked by what he witnessed.

He said: ‘I was speechless. It was after midnight and my 11-year-old daughter came down the stairs saying “Dean’s outside smashing the car up”.

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‘I couldn’t believe she was witnessing it – he was screaming abuse at the house. My six-year-old lad was really upset – he thought he was watching a horror film.’

Although Lally has been prosecuted for the attack, Dennis now lives in constant anxiety that he will attack his home again.

He said: ‘I don’t feel like I’ve been protected. I don’t want him jailed but he is living next door and he could do something like this again.’

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