A BOOZED-UP dad damaged a car after flying into a rage on Christmas Day, Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard.
The damaged Vauxhall Corsa belonged to David Braithwait - the boyfriend of defendant Anthony Curtis’s former girlfriend.
Curtis had threatened to attack Mr Braithwait and damage his car during a phone call and was seen kicking and punching the vehicle, according to the court.
Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said: “The complainant went outside and there was a scuffle between the two of them.
“The defendant has a child with the complainant’s girlfriend. He said he was drunk and saw the victim holding his child.”
Curtis, 24, of Albert Street, Ironville, admitted damaging a car at Somercotes, on December 25. He has a previous conviction for disorder.
He was ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work and given a six-month probation supervision order. He must also pay £60 to a victims-of-crime fund and £85 costs.
Matt Evans, for Curtis, said he had received national press publicity after allegedly being attacked and racially abused while serving in the army for five years.
Mr Evans added: “He is remorseful about the offence and says he takes strong decisions when he’s had a drink.
“He had been staying at his ex-partner Rebecca’s address for five days and he left on Christmas Day morning and went to his cousin’s for Christmas dinner.
“They went to the pub and he drank a fair bit. He then went past Rebecca’s house on the way to his mother’s address and saw the complainant holding his 20-month-old child.
“This upset him and he kicked a side panel on the car. The complainant came out and he damaged the bonnet.”