Court hears of Hunstanton chef’s alcohol-fuelled rampage through the town

Lee Standeven, leaving King's Lynn Magistrates court for causing multiple damage to property in Hunstanton. Picture: Matthew Usher. Lee Standeven, leaving King's Lynn Magistrates court for causing multiple damage to property in Hunstanton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, May 16, 2014
8:14 AM

A chef went on an alcohol-fuelled rampage in Hunstanton causing thousands of pounds of damage to a community centre, charity minibus and four cars, a court heard.

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Damage to windows in Hunstanton. Photo: Lisa PowellDamage to windows in Hunstanton. Photo: Lisa Powell

Lee Standeven, 20, was chased by three local people after his spree and was held down until police arrived.

Standeven, of Iveagh Close, Dersingham, yesterday pleaded guilty at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court to six charges of criminal damage and one charge of possessing 2.56 grams of cannabis.

Standeven, a second chef at the Golden Lion Hotel, started his vandalism rampage at around 8.30pm on Friday, March 14, which saw him damage four cars, smash nine glass panels at a community centre and break two side panel windows on an Action for Children minibus.

Prosecuting, Yvonne Mangan said forensic tests revealed Standeven’s blood on the damaged properties. He was also captured on CCTV.

Mrs Mangan told the court he caused £1,093.85 of damage to the children’s charity minibus and smashed nine glass panels at Hunstanton community centre, costing £790 to be repaired.

He also caused about £1,200 damage to four cars by breaking wing mirrors and a light.

Jakki Upton, mitigating, said: “He is so sorry and he had been drinking heavily. He can’t remember what had happened that evening; all he can remember is being restrained by the police. He was shocked when he realised the amount of damage he caused.

“He is ashamed that he has been brought before a court.

“He isn’t a regular cannabis smoker and said that he didn’t smoke it on that night. However, he acknowledges he binge drinks which he needs support with.”

Miss Upton said Standeven left school with no qualifications but has made his way from a pot washer to second chef.

“He is a very committed employee,” she said.

District judge Peter Veits ordered Standeven to pay back a total £3,079.70 compensation to the victims and ordered him to do 60 hours unpaid community work with 12 months supervision.

Sentencing him, the judge said: “If it wasn’t for your clear record you would be looking at prison. This is an appalling set of offences.

“Your trade depends on the tourist industry; it is very important for your job and Hunstanton is a tourist area – what will tourists think of your behaviour?

“Using alcohol for an excuse is pathetic. You are too old for this type of behaviour – it is about time you grow up. It’s got to stop.”

He added: “An awful lot of people have lost of lot because of you. I hope this is going to be enough to give you a wake-up call.”

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