A shame-faced son has been ordered home with his ‘tail between his legs’ after his mother called in the cops when he went on a drink-fuelled wrecking spree.
Paul Luke smashed a wooden tray and kicked out at a TV cabinet after an early hours row with his mother at their home in Monkton Avenue, South Shields.
He will have to go home with his tail between his legs.Paul Anderson
The 22-year-old was ordered to pay compensation to his mother over the trail of destruction - and will have to be allowed back home as he is currently subject to a curfew at the address.
Luke admitted criminal damage when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard Luke had been in an ‘argumentative mood’ and was blasted music out loudly after returning to the property after being out drinking with a pal.
When mother Pamela Luke heard the sound of items being smashed after she went to bed at 3am, she swiftly alerted police who arrived to arrest her son.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “He lives at the address with his mother and brother.
“He is subject to a curfew there between 9pm and 6am and returned home in time for the curfew on Sunday, July 31.
“His mother described him as being in an argumentative mood and was playing music loudly.
“He would not calm down but she called a friend to come to the house, who managed to calm him down.
“But at 3am things took a turn for the worse.
“She goes to bed and hears things being smashed. She calls the police.
“He had damaged a TV unit by kicking it and had smashed a wooden tray before stamping on it.
“Police believed he was under the influence of something as he was slurring his words and unsteady on his feet.
“He told police he couldn’t remember why the argument had started but had took out his anger on inanimate objects other than other people.
“His mother was left out of pocket by £25 and he will have to go back home with his tail between his legs as he is still subject to a curfew for another month.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said Luke’s ‘bizarre behaviour’ may have been partly due to him not taking medication prescribed to help him tackle mental health issues.
He said; “We was not feeling himself and has behaved in a bizarre way.
“He accepts he had some drink.
“He will go back home and wants to apologise to his mum, he has breached her trust.”
Luke was ordered to pay £25 compensation for the damage caused to the TV cabinet and tray and must also pay £85 court costs.