Man jailed af­ter at­tack­ing his step­fa­ther with ham­mer

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A man who smashed the win­dows of his step­fa­ther’s car be­fore hit­ting him with a ham­mer has been jailed for al­most three years.

Thomas Flynn was spot­ted on Hill Street on Oc­to­ber 7 last year – be­fore stop­ping at Martin Clark’s car and smash­ing four of its win­dows with a ham­mer.

When Mr Clark went to re­mon­strate and pull Flynn away, he turned the ham­mer on him and as­saulted him.

De­pute fis­cal Char­maine Gilmartin told the court: “Around 5pm on Oc­to­ber 7, Mr Clark was out­side his house and saw the ac­cused com­ing down the road.

“He went to Mr Clark’s ve­hi­cle and used a ham­mer to smash the front and back wind­screens and two pas­sen­ger win­dows.

“Mr Clark tried to dis­arm him, which re­sulted in an al­ter­ca­tion.

“He was hit on the arm with the ham­mer and punched in the face.”

Flynn, 39, a pris­oner at Perth, pleaded guilty on in­dict­ment to a to­tal of 11 charges of theft, van­dal­ism and as­sault.

Solic­i­tor Andy Lyall said: “The ac­cused’s po­si­tion is that Mr Clark in­tro­duced him to val­ium, though he took it for pre­sum­ably le­git­i­mate rea­sons, but would give it to the ac­cused on re­quest.”

Flynn ad­mit­ted break­ing into sev­eral cars at Tay­gate Trad­ing Es­tate in Cold­side Road, steal­ing items in­clud­ing a satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, a com­puter, work tools, a mo­bile tele­phone and a car ra­dio on July 1 last year.

He also ad­mit­ted in­tend­ing to steal items and dam­ag­ing cars by scratch­ing paint­work at the es­tate.

Sher­iff Alas­tair Brown jailed Flynn for 32 months.

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