Yob jailed after row with ex-girlfriend

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A YOB was given a 10-month jail sentence after he picked up a chair leg during a row with his ex-girlfriend.

Richard Gray, 26, grabbed the piece of chair after an argument broke out about him being taken off the tenancy agreement of his former girlfriend’s house.

Teesside Crown Court heard that the row took place on December 3 last year when Gray went round to the woman’s house where she had a friend visiting.

Describing the events that led to his arrest, prosecutor Rachel Masters said: “She heard a knock on the front door and realising it was the defendant, shouted for him to go away.

“He responded by saying ‘just let me in’.”

Gray, who had moved out of the address at the time, sat down on a sofa and took a set of house keys from his girlfriend.

She went upstairs to the bathroom leaving him with her friend.

“On returning the defendant was holding a wooden chair leg and shouting that he wouldn’t be taken off the tenancy agreement,” said Miss Masters.

The friend called her brother for help who went round to the address.

The police were called soon afterwards and Gray, who later admitted affray, was arrested.

In a written basis of plea to the court he accepted raising his voice during the row with the two women.

He said he only picked up the chair leg when the friend’s brother arrived, but said he did not use it.

Jim Withyman, mitigating, said: “It was a domestic argument. He is now estranged from his girlfriend and he has no plans to return to the address.

“While on remand he has done a parenting, anger management and alcohol awareness courses and is drug free.”

Gray, of Furness Street, Hartlepool, was given a 12- month restraining order and told not to approach his ex-girlfriend in any way