A Newcastle university professor has been given a 9 month suspended prison sentence after scratching graffiti onto cars parked near his home.
Stephen Graham had admitted causing criminal damage after going out one night in August 2012.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that his actions were 'totally out of character' and he was in a dreamlike state through a combination of medication and alcohol.
The judge ordered Professor Graham to pay £28,000 as compensation for the damage caused.
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