AN enraged man caused almost £400 damage when he attacked his sister’s car while she was in it following a family dispute.
David Donovan, 27, smashed the passenger side door window after he unsuccessfully tried to haul sister Kristal Donovan out.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how his feelings towards her “boiled over” during the incident.
Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said the incident happened after Ms Donovan gave her mother a lift home in her Peugeot 206.
Donovan was in his mother’s home when the vehicle pulled up outside and after answering the door he immediately stormed over to the car.
Miss Dodsworth said: “He went straight to the passenger side door, opened it, leaned in and grabbed her wrist and seatbelt and tried to pull her out of the car.
“He grabbed the car key in the ignition which broke and moved in front of the car, taunting her to get out and get the key.”
Ms Donovan locked herself in while her brother continued to shout at her.
Donovan then grabbed at the passenger side door window which was open a couple of inches.
“Ms Donovan got her phone out and dialled 999,” added Miss Dodsworth.
“The next thing she knew the passenger side window had shattered completely.”
Donovan only stopped when their mother was able to intervene and he left the scene.
The court heard the total cost of the damage to the car ran to £358.
Donovan pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the car on April 24.
John Relton, mitigating, said: “This was a unique situation that boiled over because of the sensitive nature of a complaint made by his sister about his ex partner and the ramifications it had for contact and the like.
“He dealt with it inappropriately. He has said he is sorry for his actions and is happy to pay for the damage he caused.”
Mr Relton added Donovan had not committed any similar offences for almost 10 years.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing until Thursday, September 19, for the preparation of reports.
Donovan, of York Road, Hartlepool, was granted bail in the meantime.