Jealous father who smashed a stranger’s £300,000 Rolls Royce SUV with a shovel in a drunken rampage ‘driven by envy’ has been jailed for 30 months.
- Marcus Pounds, 33, caused £110,000 worth of damage to a wealthy businessman’s engine.
A jealous father smashed a stranger’s exclusive £300,000 Rolls Royce with a shovel in a drunken rampage “driven by envy”.
Marcus Pounds, 33, smashed every window in the Starbucks franchisee’s SUV, causing £110,000 worth of damage.
The father-of-four had had a “cocktail of drinks and drugs” when he spotted the flashy Rolls Royce Cullinan as he drove past the car park of the wealthy owner of the Magic Bean Company.
Prosecutor Brian Simpson said Pounds was captured on CCTV at the Swansea-based coffee shop complex.
Pounds was sentenced to 22 months in prison with the addition of a previous eight-month suspended prison sentence, with the judge saying there was an element of “envy of the value and prestigious nature of the car”.
The café businessman arrives for work to discover that the luxury car has been vandalized with every window smashed
A shovel with blood on its handle was found nearby – and a DNA sample matched Pounds’.
Swansea Crown Court heard the damage will cost more than £110,000 to repair with the Rolls-Royce off the road for almost a year, with some parts such as window frames having to be specially manufactured.
Bounds, of Treboth, Swansea, pleaded guilty to criminal damage. He has 17 previous convictions for 35 offences.
In June last year, he was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, for his part in a plot to steal cars and number plates.
During this rampage, the gang brazenly stole cars three times in two weeks – including twice from secure garages where police were storing them.
One gang member even used a stolen car to go on vacation.
Dan Griffiths, defending, said he was suffering a “significant deterioration” in his mental health.
He said that on the night of the attack in July, he consumed a cocktail of alcohol and drugs and “found himself wandering the streets aimlessly in the early hours of the morning.”
He said Bounds did not remember the incident at the Magic Pen offices.
Recorder Simon Hughes described the attack on the Rolls-Royce as “brutal and spiteful targeted damage”.
The judge said there was no doubt that the accident was partly motivated by “an element of envy as to the value and prestigious nature of the car”.
Bounds was sentenced to 22 months in prison and the judge activated eight months of the previously imposed suspect sentence to run consecutively to a total sentence of 30 months in prison.
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