A TEENAGER who smashed a TV screen after a rage sparked by a text conversation with his ex-girlfriend has been handed a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £200 compensation.
Nathan Waugh, 18, was at his sister’s house when he lost his temper following the text chat, knocking over a TV, and threw his phone at the wall of the property before she called the police.
The hall wall and a photo frame were also damaged during the incident, which took place on Friday, August 9.
Waugh, of Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, had a bottle of cider with him at the time.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Prosecuting, Ian Simpson said: “He suddenly went crazy and threw his phone at the wall.
“He began opening and slamming the door and knocked the TV set over, smashing the screen.”
The court heard that Waugh made full admissions to the police when arrested.
Defending, David Forrester said: “The text messages causes his ire and led him to throw his own phone, which was a pretty stupid thing to do.
“His sister did the appropriate thing by calling the police and he did the appropriate thing by appearing before court and pleading guilty.
“He is a young man who has issues with anger which he needs to address.”
Waugh was given a 12 month community order with supervision, ordered to pay compensation of £200 and ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work.