Boyfriend smashed gate and door of wrong Hartlepool house after drunken argument with partner

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A DRUNK boyfriend went beserk and smashed up a gate and damaged a back door at the rear of a house which he believed had his disgruntled girlfriend inside.

Glen Oliver had been drinking when he had a row with his partner, which led to her saying that she was in a house in Belk Street, off Raby Road, in Hartlepool.

The 26-year-old went to the back of a house in Belk Street – which was the wrong property and actually belonged to an elderly man who was asleep inside – and started to smash the back gate “to pieces”.

Prosecuting, Harry Hadfield said that a member of the public contacted police.

When officers arrived the defendant tried to justify his actions by saying he was looking for a paedophile.

He said: “Police found that the gate was totally demolished, the rear door had been damaged, a metal shutter over a window had been pulled off and needed replacing, a lock was damaged and a small solar panel.

“The damage totalled around £600.”

Oliver, of St Bees Walk, in the Burbank area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage on November 10.

Mitigating, John Withyman said: “The defendant is keen for this man to be re-paid. He was very drunk that night and had been in an argument with his girlfriend.

“She told him she was around at an address in Belk Street so he went round there. Having been arrested and in a drunken state he came up with a cunning plan that he would say he was looking for a sex offender. He had absolutely no reason to believe that, it was completely made up in drink.”

Judge Howard Crowson sentenced Oliver to a nine-month community order and ordered him to pay £600 compensation.