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Teen crashed mother's car

PUBLISHED: 07:13 21 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

A depressed teenager took his mother's car and deliberately crashed it into a parked van in a suicide attempt, a court heard yesterday.

A depressed teenager took his mother's car and deliberately crashed it into a parked van in a suicide attempt, a court heard yesterday.

But Shane Kneeshaw, 19, received only minor injuries even though

he was trapped in the Peugeot

106 and firefighters had to cut him free.

Kneeshaw, of Hale Road, Necton, near Swaffham, had drunk some alcohol and taken antidepressant tablets before taking the car in the early hours of January 27, Joe Ghirardello, prosecuting, told Central Norfolk magistrates.

He admitted aggravated vehicle taking, damaging a van and driving without insurance or full driving licence in North Pickenham Road, Necton.

Rebecca Wastell, for Kneeshaw, said: "He was very depressed - depression is something he has suffered from for some time and

he decided that he wanted to end it all."

Saying that he was undergoing counselling which was helping to deal with his problems, Miss Wastell added: "This was an unfortunate incident and was clearly out of character."

After reading a probation report, magistrates placed Kneeshaw on a supervision order for 18 months for taking the car and damaging the van.

He was also ordered to pay £892 compensation for the damage, banned from driving for 18 months and his licence endorsed for the insurance and licence offences.

Court chairman Elizabeth Hornegold told him: "You co-operated well with probation and had a lot of help from a psychiatric nurse, which will also be helpful in the future.

"You are aware that what you have done was stupid and reckless - but we understand the problems you have had."


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