Man walks away from court after stealing and wrecking £200,000 Aston Martin

A thief who stole and wrote off a £200,000 Aston Martin DB11 after becoming lost, has walked away from court.

Jason Boon, 45, became stranded on a night out in Warwickshire after having an argument with friends early in the morning.

He came across the Aston Martin factory in Warwick and managed to gain access because of a security error that opened the gate. He quickly found the keys to a parked DB11 and decided to take it.

Boon was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and having no insurance.

He was also handed a 12-month driving ban and ordered to pay £200 costs.

The incident happened on May 5 and saw Boon able to take the car as the electric gates opened for him. He then drove the supercar five miles back to his home in Southam.

Recorder Alastair Smith, who sentenced Boon at Warwick Crown Court, said: "You were able to go inside to an area where cars were being given final adjustments before sale. There was no-one around, and the keys were readily accessible.

Vehicle has been written off

"You drove one of the vehicles around, and the doors of the warehouse opened, allowing you to drive out of the factory and out of the compound. Damage was caused.

"It was the kind of damage which on some vehicles could have been described as limited. But because of the status of the vehicle, the result of your actions is that this £200,000 vehicle has been written off."

In mitigation, Paul O'Keeffe said of Boon: "He was feeling in a very low place at the time. Once he found himself in the Aston Martin factory with no-one about, it was, as he put it, '100 per cent heaven'."

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