A MAN went to his ex-partner’s house and smashed her windows on Christmas Day after finding out she was pregnant with his child, a court heard.
Jonathan Manwaring appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court charged with causing criminal damage to the house.
The court heard the 38-year-old became upset when the relationship ended and he discovered that the victim was pregnant with his child.
Prosecuting Andrew Newman said Manwaring called her and had been ‘ranting about her sleeping with other people and he made threats on the phone’.
A friend heard the conversation, which happened around 9.20pm on Christmas Eve, as she had put the phone call on speakerphone.
At around 2.15am, the phone calls started again, which she ignored.
At 4.40am she received a call from her housemate saying that Manwaring had also threatened him.
Shortly after, she heard Manwaring shouting at the front of the house and then she heard a loud bang. She shouted out of the window at him to go away; he put his head down and ran towards the front door, kicking it.
The housemate went outside to try and calm him down. When Manwaring was told that the police had been called, he said they wouldn’t find him as he was ‘too good at this sort of thing’.
After 20 minutes, the police arrived and arrested Manwaring. By this time, the double-glazed windows had been broken and Manwaring admitted he may have thrown shingle from the drive at them. He denied making any threats.
Caroline Palaccio, defending said: ‘He agrees it was a foolish thing to do to go round there.’
She said Manwaring, who is a window fitter, offered to fix the windows. She also said that he had now accepted that the relationship is over and moved on with his life.
Chair of the magistrates Malcolm Hogg said: ‘We are conscious of the family element of the unborn child but it is fair to say you have to stop doing this as if it happens again the likelihood is you will get a restraining order.’
He sentenced Manwaring, of Kings Road, Gosport, to an 18-month conditional discharge, ordered him to pay £100 compensation for the broken windows, £15 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.