Hairdresser acted out of ‘jealousy and spite’

Dale Leaf
Dale Leaf

Jealousy and spite led a Scarborough trainee hairdresser to break into and damage his ex-boyfriend’s flat before stealing items from it.

Dale Leaf, 20, of Oxcliffe, appeared at York Crown Court for sentencing having previously pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and one of theft at Scarborough Magistrates Court. had been unable to come to terms with the break-up of the relationship with his ex-partner after only one month

York Crown Court

York Crown Court

The court at York heard how Leaf had been unable to come to terms with the break-up of the relationship, after only one month.

While struggling with emotions his feelings were then heightened by the fact his ex-boyfriend had celebrated his birthday by taking a mutual friend away for a weekend to Whitby.

Nicholas Worsley, prosecuting, told how after seeing the birthday plans on Facebook, Leaf had gone round to his ex-boyfriend’s flat and entered using a spare key.

Once inside Leaf then poured hairdresser’s bleach over carpets, walls and furnishing, causing damage estimated at more than £1,000.

Mr Worsley told how Leaf also took several items from the flat, including the sex toys, hair straighteners and clothing, pushing to the total compensation claimed by the victim up to £1,728.78.

The court heard that after initially entering the flat on May 28, this year, and causing the damage, Leaf had then returned the following morning and took the items. While in the flat he is also said to have made himself something to eat.

Mr Worsley told how the theft charge related to a separate incident in July, last year, when a man, who had met up with Leaf for one night, had his mobile phone and driving licence stolen by Leaf after collapsing drunk on a public footpath in Scarborough.

The items were recovered after Leaf’s home was searched in connection with the more recent burglaries.

Leaf, who told the police that he: “didn’t want to be arrested”, later told interviewing officers that he had committed the burglaries “out of spite”.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that jealously had got the better of her client, but that he was now extremely ashamed and remorseful.

Adding that Leaf realized the conviction could affect his future career prospects, Mrs Turner said that her client, who lives with and depends on his parents for financial support, was classed as a low risk of re-offending.

Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that Leaf had acted: “spitefully in a fit at peak” and had shown: “very immature behaviour”.

Adding that it was an exceptional case, and therefore different to the domestic burglaries which normally result in immediate custody, the judge sentenced Leaf to a 12 month community order with supervision and a requirement that he complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Leaf was also told that he had to pay £1,725 compensation to his ex-partner.