Jeal­ous lover set £450,000 yacht adrift

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 A jeal­ous boat owner took “com­pletely un­rea­son­able” re­venge on a mil­lion­aire love ri­val by set­ting his yachts adrift, a court has heard.

David Tay­lor, 54, was con­vinced his girl­friend of five weeks Han­nah Brookes, 26, was hav­ing a fling with fel­low boat owner Mike Hay, 58.

After a row in a New­cas­tle bar, Ms Brookes stormed out and Tay­lor fol­lowed her to Mr Hay’s yacht, where he claims he saw through a port­hole that she was per­form­ing a sex act on him. They both de­nied the claims.

In a rage, he cut through ropes and elec­tri­cal ca­bles that were se­cur­ing the £450,000 Sealine 38 ves­sel Coco to the city’s Quay­side, send­ing it down the Tyne on the high tide.

Tay­lor then cut away a sec­ond boat owned by Mr Hay, the Vor­tex, which drifted a mile down the river, smash­ing into jet­ties, pon­toons and other ves­sels, caus­ing £11,490 dam­age.

Yes­ter­day he was handed a ninemonth jail term sus­pended for 18 months by New­cas­tle mag­is­trates after ad­mit­ting crim­i­nal dam­age.

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