Destroying a drone in Falmouth two years ago has cost a man more than £1,300 after the case was finally resolved in court.

Peter Elliott was before magistrates in Truro for sentencing on Monday this week (October 2).

On May 15 this year he pleaded not guilty to causing criminal damage in Falmouth, but was subsequently found guilty on September 27.

It relates to a charge dating back to July 13, 2021, when the 56-year-old was accused of destroying a Mavic Air 2 Drone, worth £1,200, belonging to Robert Smith, either with the intention to destroy it or being reckless that such damage would occur.

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Court listings show that mail sent to Elliott had previously been returned and hearings were adjourned a number of times.

However, the case against Elliott, now of King Street, Truro, was finally brought to a close when he was sentenced this week for the damage.

Magistrates ordered that he pay £1,200 in compensation to Mr Smith, as well as a £34 surcharge to fund general victim services.

He was also fined £120, but there was no order for costs as priority was given to him paying compensation to his victim.

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