Husband’s attack on car over ‘affair’
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