Man damaged ex’s property

A MAN who broke a window at his ex-partner’s home claimed she had been making unpleasant comments about him.

Martin Stuart had been in an 18-month relationship with Catherine Sellors that ended five months ago, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

She alleged he had occasionally been violent towards her and police had been called in the past.They had only seen each other “in passing” since the split and he had allegedly been abusive on those occasions.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said Ms Sellors was in bed watching television at 11.30pm on November 30 when she heard three loud banging noises.

“She looked outside and saw three men at the end of her garden path, including the defendant.”

She later found a window next to the front door of her home had been smashed, the court heard.

“He said he had been to her house very drunk and he wanted to ask her why she had been calling him names to people he knew.

“He knocked on the glass too hard and it smashed, but the damage was not intentional,” added Mrs Haslam.

Stuart, of Lower Somercotes, Somercotes, admitted damaging property. He received a one-year conditional discharge, with £250 compensation and £85 costs.

The bench also imposed a restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Sellors for six months after she told police she felt scared by his behaviour.

John Kavanagh, for Stuart said: “He had a drink and unfortunately he decided to go and speak to her, resulting in the damage.”