What was the lasting effect after the eggs washed off?
Is the person whose car was damaged the one who is claiming that he saw you and the others throwing the eggs? I don’t think it is but I need you to clarify?
How did the neighbour get into the flat?
If the police are involved this is criminal damage provided it is possible for the matter to be proved (if it eventually gets to court) who did this, beyond all reasonable doubt.
It may be that he is looking to you to respray the full car because it needs re-spraying anyway and this is the kind of excuse he has been looking for. Before offering anything whatsoever I would want a third party inspection of the paintwork.
With regard to letting the alleged victim in, that is trespass by both of them however trespass is not a criminal matter, it’s a civil matter and hence, the police will not be interested in all probability.
Because the witness and the victim are friends, there is no independent witness testimony and for that reason it seems unlikely that the police would push this for a prosecution for criminal damage particularly of the alleged damage to the car can hardly be seen.
It would be unlikely to prove the matter beyond all reasonable doubt as to who did it if indeed it was done at all.
A similar claim on the other hand is decided on the balance of probabilities and hence, the judge only needs to prefer one version of events to the other and that version succeeds.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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They will probably interview you under caution which means that they will advise you that you’re entitled to have a solicitor present. If you don’t have a solicitor you can use the duty solicitor.
You can answer no comment to everything or answer the specific questions but it’s never advisable to know comments on questions but answer others. It’s either one thing or the other.
You will be given a copy of any recording.
If it is recorded, then it is not an interview under caution.
Just answer the questions and generally, don’t volunteer anything.
I apologise for the typographical error, it should be “a civil claim” not a similar claim.
In a civil claim, the judge has to prefer one version of events more than the other whereas for a criminal claim, it has to be decided beyond all reasonable doubt.
If the witness was extremely drunk and there are other witnesses who will attest to that, then it does bring his evidence into doubt.
The court fees in a civil claim are related to the amount of the claim here: https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/court-fees
In a criminal case, apart from any fine or community service, there would normally be prosecution costs of a few hundred pounds.
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Your understanding is absolutely correct. Best wishes.