Jealous brute smashed through window of house and attacked vulnerable men in 'terrifying' attack

A jealous brute smashed through the window of a house then attacked a disabled pensioner and a man with learning difficulties in a "fit of jealousy".

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 3:47 pm

Glen McCarthy, 34, burst through the living room window of the house, where his ex partner was visiting and listening to music with the two men on October 9, and showered the place with glass before he launched the "terrifying" violence.

Newcastle Crown Court heard a 73-year-old, who lived at the house, in Jarrow, was punched around three times and suffered a black eye, lost a tooth and got a cut to his nose.

The pensioner said in a victim statement: "I am now scared of being in my home address.

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"I am a pensioner and while being assaulted I couldn't protect myself."He added: "I am in a lot of pain from being punched and I am worried he will come back to the address."

The pensioner's 41-year-old friend, who has learning disability and mental health problems, was so fearful he tried to lock himself in a kitchen but McCarthy kicked down the door, attacked him and carried on even after the victim fell to the floor.

He was left "very shaken" and bruised.

The court heard when police arrived a the house McCarthy put up a struggle before he was arrested.

McCarthy, of no fixed address, admitted using violent to secure entry to a premises, criminal damage, assault, common assault and obstructing a police constable.

Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced him to 12 months behind bars and said what happened "must have been terrifying".

The judge told him: "You smashed the window and gained entry by climbing through it in a fit of jealousy.

"You punched a 73-year-old man three times to the face and caused him a black eye, he lost a tooth and had a cut to his nose.

"The other man was so frightened he tried to lock himself in the kitchen but you kicked your way through the kitchen door and assaulted him, punching him and kicking him."

Judge Mallett added: "Smashing your way into a house and attacking two occupants, when they were both vulnerable, can only be dealt with appropriately by immediate custody."

David Callan, defending, said McCarthy's ex, who he has now resumed a relationship with, had been entitled to go the house that night.

McCarthy said he had "blacked out" because he got so mad about the visit.

Mr Callan said McCarthy has no formal qualifications and only limited experience in employment so would benefit from a more constructive approach than prison.

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