Angry man smashed oven - because gran hadn’t made his dinner

OUTSIDE COURT ... Ryan Clayton broke his gran's oven in a rage.
OUTSIDE COURT ... Ryan Clayton broke his gran's oven in a rage.

AN angry man smashed his grandmother’s oven because she hadn’t made his dinner.

Ryan Clayton lashed out at the cooker, breaking the glass door, and accused his gran of nagging him.

She called the police, who arrested the 31-year-old after he threatened to attack the officers – and his grandmother.

Clayton, who now lives with his mum in Marsden Lane, South Shields, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Donay, prosecuting, said: “His grandmother called police at 1pm on September 30.

“She said he had been shouting and swearing and in a bad mood.

“She thought he was angry as she hadn’t made a meal for him.

“She heard a loud bang in the kitchen, before he left and went to his room.

“When she went to the kitchen, she saw the glass door of her cooker was smashed.”

Mr Donay told the court that Clayton’s grandmother called the police, who went to the house to arrest him and saw he had grazes on his knuckles.

He said when they tried to arrest him, he said he would attack the two officers before turning on his grandmother.

Mr Donay added: “He told them he wanted some food, then got angry because of his grandmother nagging him, so he took it out on the oven.”

David Forrester, defending, said: “He was angry and can’t remember what he said to police, but did make full admissions when he was in the police station.

“They had been living together, and weren’t getting on particularly well.

“Of course, compensation is appropriate.”

Magistrates gave Clayton a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £80 compensation to his grandmother, £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench Pauline Barratt said: “This behaviour is totally unacceptable.

“The person the oven belonged to is your grandmother, who is elderly and was providing you with a place to stay.”

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