Man ‘lost control’ and punched hole in door

DEAN BARTLEY ... had a suspended jail sentence activated.

DEAN BARTLEY ... had a suspended jail sentence activated.

a ROW with his girlfriend landed a man in jail after he punched a hole in a door at her home.

Dean Bartley hit out in frustration after “losing control” after an argument with his long-term partner.

Magistrates were told police were called out to her home in Titian Avenue, South Shields, and the 22-year-old – who has 40 previous convictions – was arrested.

Bartley pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that he was already subject to a community order and an eight-week suspended sentence, which magistrates decided to activate. Rehana Haque, prosecuting, said: “The defendant has been in a relationship with the injured party for four years.

“The relationship has been argumentative.

“At 9.15am on Thursday, January 23, the defendant and his partner had been arguing. She had gone downstairs and heard a loud bang.

“She went to check and saw the bedroom door had been damaged.

“Police were called, and he was arrested, admitting he caused the damage to the bedroom door by punching a hole in it. He said he was angry, and just lost control.”

Mark Humble, defending, said: “He had an argument with his girlfriend.

“At least it was an object rather than a person that was the target of his frustration. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and was fully compliant with the police, making full admissions.”

Magistrates activated the eight- week suspended sentence – imposed in November – for the breach of a community order and handed out for another criminal damage offence.

The community order was also revoked – and replaced it with a four week sentence to run consecutively, making a total jail term of 12 weeks.

Bartley, whose address was given as Titian Avenue, was also made subject of a restraining order against his partner, fined £100 and ordered to pay compensation of £100 to the victim, as well as costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.



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