Row led to damage to mum’s door

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A THUG damaged the door of his mother’s home after an argument over his girlfriend joining her on a “girly” holiday.

Gareth Dobie rowed with his mother and girlfriend as he did not want his partner to go on a birthday trip, a court heard.

Magistrates in Hartlepool heard Dobie, 32, went around to the house, in the town’s Innes Road, having had a drink.

A row broke out and his step-father, Richard Cheyney, returned home and Dobie offered to fight him, said prosecutor Helen Kesterton.

She added: “They went outside and the defendant ran at Richard, who backed off and went into the house fearing for his safety.

“The defendant then started banging on the door, trying to get back in.

“He was kicking and punching the door, causing the bottom area to smash and the glass to shatter.”

The court heard Dobie injured his hand in the process and he made off, leaving a trail of blood behind.

The police arrived and traced Dobie to Kilmarnock Road and took him to hospital to be treated.

In police interview, he said he was drunk at the time and “flipped”.

Dobie, of Wynyard Mews, Hartlepool, admitted criminal damage on February 4 when he appeared at the domestic violence section of Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

He has a previous conviction for criminal damage from 2009.

Neil Taylor, mitigating, said Dobie hadn’t “taken kindly” to his stepfather’s intervention.

“He was locked out and taking his frustrations out on the door, more importantly he injured himself seriously in the process,” he added.

He added that there had been no further altercations as he and his mother “had sorted their differences out and added: “Life has gone on since.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Keith Kitching fined Dobie £65 with a £15 victim surcharge and £40 costs.