Jeal­ous lover cut ri­val’s yachts adrift

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

A jeal­ous love ri­val has avoided jail af­ter he set a mil­lion­aire’s £450,000 yacht adrift hav­ing caught his girl­friend on board.

David Tay­lor, 54, found 26-year-old Han­nah Brookes sit­ting with Michael Hay, 58, on his 60ft boat Coco.

He claimed he saw her per­form­ing a sex act on Mr Hay and fly­ing into a rage he cut the moor­ing ropes which tied it to the New­cas­tle Quay­side, set­ting them adrift.

He also cut loose an­other boat owned by Mr Hay, called Vor­tex, send­ing both ves­sels drift­ing down the Tyne.

Mr Hay, a mar­ried fa­ther-of-two, was forced to call the fire bri­gade, the coast­guard and the po­lice to help get them to safety.

“There’s no proper rea­son apart from your own jeal­ousy”

He de­nied the af­fair had ever taken place.

Pros­e­cu­tor Neil Pal­lis­ter told New­cas­tle Crown Court the in­ci­dent in Novem­ber had be­gun ear­lier in the evening when Tay­lor and Ms Brookes had been on a date at the Pitcher and Piano pub.

But a row had started and Ms Brookes left, only for Tay­lor to spot her car near to Mr Hay’s boat.

The pair saw him peer­ing in through the win­dow as he stood on the pon­toon and shortly af­ter they re­alised they were drift­ing away from the shore.

Mr Hay then saw Tay­lor next to his other boat and that too be­gan to drift away.

The court heard Mr Hay was able to start the engine on Coco and with the help of two po­lice of­fi­cers se­cure it to a jetty.

The sec­ond boat be­gan to float down the river.

Sen­tenc­ing Tay­lor to nine months in prison, sus­pended for 18 months, Judge Robert Adams said there had been “no proper rea­son apart from your own jeal­ousy” for his ac­tions.

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