Unpaid work after damage

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A 49-YEAR-OLD Scarborough painter and decorator will have to complete 80 hours of unpaid work after he caused almost £800 of damage to his ex-wife’s car with a hammer.

Trevor Cusworth, of Fieldside, admitted the offence at an earlier hearing at Scarborough Magistrates Court.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said Cusworth got angry when he received a letter and his former partner hung up the telephone when he contacted her about the matter.

He added: “He was very aggressive on the phone. He was shouting down the phone.”

Mr Butterworth said that Cusworth took the decision to visit his ex-wife’s address and he attacked her Renault Megane causing damage worth £781.69. “He did go round to the address and struck the car. He was sober at the time,” he said.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said it had been an “impulsive action” by his client. He added: “The victim did see the damage being carried out and would be frightened at what could happen next. That point is not lost on the defendant.”

He said that Cusworth regretted his actions and that both parties had since spoken and reached an amicable agreement over the matter. “The whole thing has been cleared up,” he said.

Mr Garvey said that his client had recently started work as a painter and decorator in Leeds.

Cusworth was ordered at carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, during a 12 month period. He will have to pay £781.69 in compensation as well £85 in court costs.