Jealous lover smashed way into ex’s home with sledgehammer

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  • Eight-month sentence for man who used sledgehammer to smash down front door
  • Ex-lover pleaded guilty to assault, affray and carrying a knife
  • Judge imposes restraining order banning defendant from contacting victim
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A jealous lover smashed his estranged partner’s front door to pieces with a sledgehammer.

Matthew Eales went to his former partner’s address in Locks Heath armed with a knife and a hammer just two weeks after throttling her.

She heard the door being hit by a sledgehammer. It was being hit over and over again and it was smashed to pieces.

Prosecutor Stephen Parish

Prosecutor Stephen Parish told Portsmouth Crown Court the 41-year-old was on bail when he went to Celadine Avenue and confronted his ex-lover and her new boyfriend on June 22.

Mr Parish said: ‘The defendant contacted the victim on the landline and said he was coming to get her and (her boyfriend) – he sounded very angry.

‘Within minutes she saw the defendant’s car pull up.

‘She dialled 999 and remained on the phone to police for some five minutes. Eales came towards the house carrying a sledgehammer and kitchen knife.

‘She heard the door being hit by a sledgehammer. It was being hit over and over again and it was smashed to pieces.’

It was then Eales got into the house and grabbed the victim as her new lover went to the garden.

‘Eales came towards her holding a knife and she believed he was going to stab her,’ Mr Parish told the court.

Eales, of Church Road, Locks Heath, then got behind her and grabbed her throat. He then left the house, got in his car and drove off. Judge Roger Hetherington jailed Eales for eight months.

The industrial supply manager pleaded guilty to the June 8 assault by beating when he grabbed his ex’s throat and affray and having an bladed article relating to the June 22 offences.

He further pleaded guilty to harassment between May 23 and June 23 after sending e-mails to his ex-partner’s new boyfriend.

Judge Hetherington said: ‘This was a very serious assault.’

Dominic Hockley, defending, said Eales was in £38,000 of debt and owed money to his ex’s family.

Mr Hockley said: ‘He accepts that the relationship is over.’

Judge Hetherington imposed a restraining order banning Eales from contacting the victim.