A US Air Force officer based at RAF Mildenhall has admitted causing almost £1,000 damage to a statue of a dog after a 13-hour pub crawl in London.
First Lieutenant Christopher Mesnard, 26, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage totalling £995 when he appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday.
Manjit Mahal, prosecuting, said that Mesnard had been on a pub crawl around the Circle Line and visited 26 bars before snapping the tail off a statue of a dog outside the £1.5 million home of a television dog trainer.
Mesnard had begun his pub crawl at 11am on March 30. He was arrested just after midnight when he became separated from his group, the court heard.
The statue belonged to Lucy Kennedy, who has starred in television’s A Different Breed, The Apprentice and The Wright Stuff.
Magistrates were told that she woke up and looked out of a window to see Mesnard in her front garden.
In police interview she said: “I made my way downstairs to the front door and saw a male pulling my dog statue. I screamed at him and he fell backwards and broke the tail off.”
Mr Mahal said Miss Kennedy and her partner followed Mesnard and called the police, who arrested him in nearby Ossington Street.
After the incident Mesnard was initially adamant that he did not touch or damage a statue in any way.
However, he changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial and told the court: “I just want to start off with my sincerest apologies for causing so much angst over the damage to the property and to my fellow servicemen and women for representing them so badly. I apologise for drinking so much.
“After learning how intoxicated I had become I am embarrassed and feel I cannot fight the case.”
District Judge Samantha Bain told Mesnard: “I take into account that your name has been besmirched, which is a serious thing for yourself.”
Mesnard was fined £250, with £150 costs and a £25 victim surcharge. He was ordered to pay £995 compensation to Miss Kennedy.
Mesnard may face further punishment by the USAF.