A DRUNKEN man who went on a smashing spree in his ex-girlfriend’s garden has been put on a course to improve his ‘thinking skills’.
Lee Poulter broke into the woman’s back garden in the middle of the night on December 29.
The 41-year-old woke up his ex - who he split up from more than a year ago - by banging around.
When she looked out the window to see what was going on she saw Poulter had damaged her fence.
He jumped onto a bicycle and rode off and the woman called police.
When officers arrived they found a spade with his blood on and a broken a patio door, window frame and decking.
Poulter, of Beechwood Close, Jarrow, was arrested after police found him on his bike nearby and pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on New Years Eve.
The case was adjourned for the probation service to prepare a report about him before Poulter was back before magistrates who gave him a 12-month community order with supervision and put him on a ‘thinking skills’ course, which aims to educate criminals about the consequences of their actions.
The estimated cost of the damage was £1,500 but after hearing that Poulter is currently out of work, magistrates ordered him to pay £500 in compensation.
Kayleigh Helens, defending, said: “He is looking for a job and has been in and out of work throughout his life.
“They had been together for about six years and split up about 18 months ago.
“This was out of character and he very much regrets it.
“He can’t really remember what happened, he had been drinking heavily over the Christmas period.”
The court heard that during Poulter’s interview with police he told them that he had no idea whether he caused any damage but admitted that he had been in his ex-girlfriend’s garden.