Hus­band’s at­tack on car over ‘af­fair’

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - ALEX HIB­BERT

AHUS­BAND scratched his es­tranged wife’s car af­ter hear­ing a man she al­legedly had an af­fair with was at their for­mer home.

Steven Tay­lor, 39, also dam­aged his ex-wife’s gar- den fence in a drunken rage, a court heard.

Tay­lor, of Chad­wick Ter­race, Mac­cles­field, pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 20).

Mag­is­trates were told that he had taken the sep­a­ra­tion badly and would not leave his ex-wife alone, con­tact­ing her and ‘caus- ing a nui­sance’.

Kate Marchuck, prose­cut­ing, said: “On July 11 the com­plainant re­ceived an abu­sive phone call from the de­fen­dant who said he was com­ing around to the house. When he ar­rived he was drunk and bang­ing on the door. Then he ripped the gar­den gate out – in do­ing so dam­ag­ing a fence panel – and scratched the pan­els of her ve­hi­cle. They were deep scratches which required a re-spray.”

The to­tal cost of the dam­age to the car was £1,428, the court heard.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read out in court, Mrs Tay­lor said that she was ‘suf­fer­ing’, and wor­ried as she didn’t know where Tay­lor was or what he might do next.

In the state­ment she said: “I can’t un­der­stand how he hurt me in this way if he loves me.”

Oliver Gar­dener, de­fend­ing Tay­lor, al­leged that it was Mrs Tay­lor’s fault the re­la­tion­ship ended which had put his client in an emo­tional state.

He said: “He made a full ad­mis­sion when in­ter­viewed by po­lice and showed re­gret and sin­cere re­morse about the in­ci­dent. He can’t be­lieve what he did.

“He puts his ac­tions down to his deep hurt and con­sump­tion of al­co­hol on the day in ques­tion.

“The re­la­tion­ship had ended two or three months be­fore be­cause she was see­ing an­other man and that re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ued.

“That man was at the house – a house Mr Tay­lor still con­sid­ers his – on that day and in his state he dam­aged the fence and the car.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Peter Nash, chair of the bench, said: “Your ac­tions caused dis­tress to your ex-part­ner and con­tinue to do so.”

Tay­lor was given a sixweek cur­few from 8pm to 6am, or­dered to pay £350 com­pen­sa­tion and £85 costs. He was also given a re­strain­ing or­der telling him not to con­tact his wife or go near her home or place of work.

●● Steven Tay­lor

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