A PENRYN man has appeared at a court in Cornwall on one count of aggravated vehicle taking.

Connor Lesley Lawrence, 26, of Calver Close in Penryn appeared in front of magistrates at Truro Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, June 14 one on count of aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage under £5,000 and one count of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.

The offence took place on May 12 of last year (2021) in Falmouth where, without the consent of the owner or other lawful authority, Lawrence took a mechanically propelled vehicle for the use of himself or another and, after the vehicle was unlawfully taken and before it was recovered, damage of less than £5,000 was caused to the vehicle.

Then, on September 21 of the same year, Lawrence damaged another vehicle belonging to a woman by intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to both offences.

During his sentencing on Tuesday, June 14, Lawrence was made the subject of a community order in which he must abstain from consuming any alcohol throughout a period of 120 days and submit to arrangements for monitoring.

He must also participate in a rehabilitation activity for a period of 12 days.

Lawrence was also disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months and his driving record was endorsed.

He must also pay compensation of £300 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £95 as well as pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court noted how Lawrence's guilty pleas were taken into account when imposing the sentence.