Jealous ex-boyfriend smashed former partner's window with a brick and climbed through in shocking confrontation
A jealous ex-boyfriend smashed his former partner's window and climbed into her house to confront her.
Jordan Connolly had sent messages to the woman accusing her of sleeping with other men before he turned up at her home in December 2018.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim had heard a bang at her door and Connolly was outside demanding that she "answer my questions".
Prosecutor Andrew Finlay described the actions that followed.
He told the court: "He was watched by her to go and pick up a brick and use it to smash the window in the premises then climb in through the window he had just smashed."
The court heard once Connolly was inside he pushed the woman onto a sofa, that had been showered in broken glass and she cut her hands, arms and feet.
She was then able to scramble out of the hole in her window and get help from a neighbour.
Connolly then continued to send her messages, saying he "would not be ignored" by her and making more claims about his victim seeing other men.
The victim said she was left "shocked and scared" and added in her statement; "I didn't think Jordan would be capable of causing so much damage and causing me such fear."
Connolly, 22, of Fitzpatrick Place, South Shields, admitted harassment when he appeared in court.
Judge Edward Bindloss said Connolly was only 19 at the time of the offence and "immaturity" and "inability to cope with the break-up" lay behind the offending.
The judge sentenced Connolly to a community order for 12 months with rehabilitation and 100 hours unpaid work.
The court heard Connolly has been in no trouble before or since the incident, and that he has been training to gain qualifications for his future career.Judge Bindloss said of Connolly that he is a "young man with potential and prospects".Nicholas Lane, defending, said has client understood what he had done to his victim and expressed remorse.
He said: "He has expressed regret for his actions, he recognises the harm he would have caused at the time."