Drunk builder smashes three windows

A drunk builder threw a terracotta pot through the kitchen window when his girlfriend locked him out in a row, a court heard.

Carl Wildgoose, 23, of Fernydale Avenue, Harpur Hill, smashed three windows at Hazel Swift’s property, on Sherwood Road, Buxton, leaving a trail of blood through her home, before threatening a policeman.

He admitted charges of criminal damage and common assault and was sentenced to a community order at High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The incident occurred on March 31, when Wildgoose had consumed 15 pints of lager, after the couple had attended a christening together earlier that day.

Magistrates heard that at 11.20pm, the complainant returned home to find Wildgoose waiting outside.

Prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said the defendant was “extremely angry” and had ripped the garden gate off its hinges and thrown it at the house.

After throwing a plant pot through the window, he also smashed the window in the back door and punched the glass panels through an an internal door.

Police entered the house to find Wildgoose clutching a broken table lamp with a bleeding hand and shouting expletives.

PC Jamie Farrell asked him to get on the floor but he refused, saying: “Get those cuffs on me ‘cause I’m gonna hurt one of you lot.”

John Bunting, defending, conceded the circumstances were “unpleasant” but said the value of the damage caused by his client was “not a great amount of money.”

He told the court that the couple were still together and that Wildgoose had expressed regret.

Mr Bunting added it was not an assault “by beating”, saying: “The officer had a nasty moment.”

Wildgoose was given a community order with 100 hours unpaid work and a 12-month supervision requirement. He must pay £50 in compensation to PC Farrell, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.