Hartlepool man had argument with girlfriend – so smashed his mother’s window

Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A man smashed a window in his mother’s house after arguing with his girlfriend.

Dean Smetten kicked the pane of a double-glazed bay window, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“It was about 7pm,” said Alison Howey, prosecuting. “The damage happened when Mr Smetten left the house after the argument.

“He kicked the front bay window, apparently in temper, smashing the glass.”

Smetten, 23, of Cornwall Street, Hartlepool, admitted criminal damage on August 11.

He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge imposed earlier this year for shop theft.

Stewart Haywood, defending, said in mitigation: “The damage happened after an argument with Mr Smetten’s girlfriend.

“He did not target her or his mother directly, it was just a stupid act of temper.

“Only the outside pane of the double glazed unit was broken. Mr Smetten has spent a few hours in the cells on remand, so he has learned his lesson.”

Smetten was ordered to pay £355 in fines and costs, including £50 compensation to his mother for the window.