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Car vandal caught on CCTV ordered to repay damage

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Media captionA woman is ordered to pay for the damage she caused after being filmed keying cars in her hometown of Buckie

A woman who admitted keying cars in her Moray hometown of Buckie after footage of the vandalism went viral has been ordered to pay for the damage.

Hazel Innes, 44, scratched the side of three cars while out walking her dog.

One owner caught Innes in the act in January after setting up a CCTV camera. The video was viewed more than 500,000 times after it was posted online.

At Elgin Sheriff Court Innes admitted vandalism. Sentence was deferred for good behaviour.

She was also ordered to repay the cost of the damage.

Resident Shona Coull had set up a CCTV camera outside her home.

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Image caption Sentence on Hazel Innes was deferred for good behaviour

She posted footage of her white BMW X3 being vandalised in the hope that someone would recognise the culprit.

The court heard Innes caused £2,845 of damage to three vehicles.

Defence lawyer David Adam said: "She can give no explanation for why she did it.

"She bears no grudges to any of the people, the owner of the cars."

Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov deferred sentence on Innes to be of good behaviour until August.

She told Innes that she would have to pay back all damage costs by her next court appearance.

'Fingers crossed'

Ms Coull said after the case: "I do know of her but I don't know her personally. I'm happy if I get my money back.

"There had been vandalism in the area last year so that's why we decided to put up the CCTV.

"But the police said to me that in hindsight it was really a good job that I had put the cameras up - otherwise we would never have found out who did it.

"Fingers crossed there will be no more trouble - I'm sure everyone in the whole town knows I have CCTV now."

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