Two St Helens brothers crashed a friend’s car into a road sign and wrote it off after taking the vehicle without consent.
Andrew and Paul Gavin, aged 24 and 19 respectively, both admitted charges of aggravated vehicle taking before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week.
The court heard how the duo turned up at the victim’s house, on Downland Way, Parr, carrying a box of cider at about 11pm on April 17.
Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, told how the brothers stayed for a couple of hours before leaving at about 1am.
At 3am, householder Lynsey Buckley woke up to find that her green Ford Mondeo was missing.
As there was not much fuel in the car, she and her partner set out on foot in a bid to locate it.
They later discovered that the car had been crashed into a road sign on Marshalls Cross Road at about 1.20am.
Although there were no witnesses to the crash, and the occupants of the car had run off by the time police arrived, DNA evidence from the driver’s side and passenger airbags showed matches for Andrew and Paul Gavin.
Lee Arnold, defending both brothers, said both defendants had admitted their guilt as soon as the forensic evidence came to light - despite initially denying it in police interviews.
He added that Andrew Gavin, of Ashton Green Drive, Parr, was complying well with a community order for another offence and that his brother, of Yewtree Avenue, Sutton, was not subject to any court orders.
Magistrates handed both brothers six-month curfews - from 8pm to 6am - and ordered them to each pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Both brothers were also banned from driving for the next 12 months.