10:00 Saturday 08 December 2012

Drunk launched attack on neighbour's house

Written byKATIE BOWLER

A 34-YEAR-OLD man launched a drunken assault on his neighbour’s house after discovering the man next door had been in a secret relationship with his partner.

Burton Magistrates' Court
Burton Magistrates' Court

Mark Durkin was severely intoxicated when he went to his neighbour’s house and started banging on the windows.

The incident, which was witnessed by several other residents, happened just after midnight in Craven Street, Horninglow, on November 23.

Jasmine Kumar, prosecuting at Burton Magistrates’ Court, said: “The victim, Oliver Coxon, was asleep in bed when the defendant started shouting, swearing and banging on his windows.

“He caused extensive damage to the windows causing them to crack. Dents were also made to his front door and the door handle was damaged.

“Police were called twice to the address and when they turned up they found the defendant in a drunken and abusive state.

“He then obstructed the officers by giving them incorrect personal details.

“Durkin has a substantial list of previous convictions, many of which relate to criminal damage offences. In 2010 he served a lengthy prison sentence for three criminal damage offences.”

Simon Dean, defending, said his client had lost everything and was in a mess.

He told the hearing: “Durkin was in a relationship with a woman and they have a child together.

“He found out his neighbour was secretly dating his partner and he wasn’t happy about it.

“My client has lost his girlfriend and has had to move out of his own home. He’s now sleeping on his sister’s sofa.

“He accepts he caused the criminal damage but he says he can’t recall the incident because he was severely intoxicated.”

The defendant, who is currently living in Station Street, Burton, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and to obstructing a police officer.

For criminal damage he was fined £350 which was reduced from £550 for his early admission. He was also made to pay £200 in compensation to Mr Coxon, £85 in costs and £20 victim surcharge.

No separate penalty was given for obstructing a police officer.

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