Man smashed windows after being locked out of neighbour’s home

Court News
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A MAN was caught red handed by police – after cutting his hand punching three windows after being locked out of a neighbour’s house.

Paul Raper had been drinking with the female occupant and his own girlfriend, when he left the property on Eglesfield Road, South Shields, to get some alcohol from a nearby off-licence.

But when he returned the front door had been locked and despite shouting through the letterbox, he wasn’t let back in.

The 44-year-old smashed three windows in the front door of the property on Eglesfield Road after growing ‘annoyed’.

The occupant called police and Raper was arrested at his own house in the street soon after – nursing a wound to his knuckles.

Raper, of Eglesfield Road, admitted a charge of criminal damage when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The offence took place on Friday, January 16.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “When he was arrested by police there was blood streaming from the wound on his knuckles and the police officer had to wrap it up with a bandage. He admitted punching out the windows and said ‘it was my fault for getting annoyed’.

David Forrester, defending, said: “This was something of a three-card trick.

“He was asked to go to get some alcohol, no doubt so they could get him out of the house.

“He has come back and couldn’t get back in the house.

“He causes more damage to himself than the window, the evidence of which is the police officer having to bandage his hand.” Raper was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £50 to the occupant of the house for the damage to the door 

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