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Car scratched because calls went unanswered

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

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A FATHER-of-two caused more than £1,000 worth of damage to his estranged wife’s car by scratching it with a screwdriver, a court heard.

John Wetton, of Sorrel Drive, Woodville, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage when he appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court.

The 40-year-old defendant went to Laura Wetton’s house on October 20 after she ignored his text messages and calls.

Alka Marston, prosecuting, said when Wetton arrived at the house he became angry after discovering that she had moved in with her new boyfriend.

She said: “The defendant tried knocking on the door but she ignored him. He said he was so angry that he got a screwdriver and scraped it along both sides of her car.

It was scratched so hard that the metal was showing. It caused more than £1,000 worth of damage as it needs completely re-spraying.

“The defendant who drinks heavily and on a regular basis was intoxicated at the time of the offence. He was arrested shortly after and fully admitted what he had done.”

Terry Perry, defending, told the hearing that this behaviour was very out of character for his client.

“My client has never been in trouble before let alone been in a court or arrested,” said Mr Perry.

“He went to her house to talk about divorce proceedings but found that she had moved her new boyfriend in. They were married for 15 years and have two children together. The family is now broken and they have massive debts between them which is the reason why they spilt up in the first place.

“He admits and knows what he did was stupid but he did it out of anger and because he was frustrated that she kept ignoring him.

“My client is a hard-working man who just wants to get on with his life and support his children.”

Wetton was fined £275 reduced from £415 for his early guilty plea. He was also told to pay £85 in costs, a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £1,405 in compensation.

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