Man who hijacked Ladysmith Black Mambazo tour bus given community order

A MAN who tried to steal the tour bus of world-famous band Ladysmith Black Mambazo in a drunken prank has been ordered to undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment.Joseph Horgan, 26, of Thackeray Close, Royston, was handed an 18-month community order,

A MAN who tried to steal the tour bus of world-famous band Ladysmith Black Mambazo in a "drunken prank" has been ordered to undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment.

Joseph Horgan, 26, of Thackeray Close, Royston, was handed an 18-month community order, including an alcohol treatment programme, and hit with a three-year driving ban by magistrates last Friday after admitting five charges relating to the incident, which took place on October 15 while the band's vehicle was parked outside the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

He was also ordered to pay �85 costs, �50 compensation for damage caused to a power cable, and �100 to bus driver Phil O'Neil for the distress caused to him.

An earlier hearing at Cambridge Magistrates Court had heard that Horgan boarded the vehicle at around 3am, while the band's crew slept ahead of a concert at the Corn Exchange later that day.


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He went to the driver's seat and started the engine, causing the bus to travel backwards about 30 yards, dislodging the power cable in the process.

The bus was prevented from hitting the Corn Exchange wall when crew members woke up and applied the brakes.

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Horgan's solicitor, Clive Broe, had told the court: "This was a drunken prank which got out of hand, one which Mr Horgan very much regrets.

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