Hartlepool man who smashed mother's TV and knocked door off its hinges told police he 'wanted to be arrested'

A Hartlepool man punched his mum’s television and broke her bedroom door, a court heard.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 9:28 am

Scott Lewis, 25, of the town’s Chester Road admitted a charge of criminal damage when he appeared before Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said police were called to the house in Chester Road, where the defendant lives with his mother, on December 30 last year following reports of a disturbance.

He said: “They were greeted by the defendant who stated that he had smashed the television and wanted to be arrested.”

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The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

Mr Doney said the officers went upstairs and found Lewis’ mother, who was upset, sitting on her bed and the bedroom door had been knocked off its hinges.

He said: “She pointed to the television and said he had damaged it by punching it.”

A spokesman for the probation service, said: “He said at the time of the offence he was under the influence of alcohol.”

However, she said he could have been under the influence of drugs as well.

She said: “His mother is very unwell. She has disclosed there has been issues in their relationship.”

Colin Sleeman, defending, said: “Mum was spoken to by the CPS she confirmed that she doesn’t want a restraining order.

“My client tells me he has purchased a new television for his mother.”

He said Lewis has also arranged for someone to mend the broken bedroom door.

Lewis was given a 12-month community order and told to pay a surcharge of £90.