Angry Sunderland boyfriend bricked car of partner’s ex

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AN angry boyfriend hurled a rock at a car driven by his partner’s ex.

Wayne John Furlong launched the missile after he rowed with girlfriend Rebecca Bryce at a family party in December.

Ex-partner Asad Habib, who Miss Bryce has a child with, became involved in the argument, which ended in 22-year-old Furlong riding off on his pedal bike and returning to wreak havoc.

Prosecutor Liam O’Brien told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that Mr Habib waded in as his son was present and he felt the row was having a negative effect on him.

Furlong, who lives in Pallion, Sunderland, became aggressive but left the area when police were called.

“But unfortunately and unwisely, he decided to return a short time later and confront Mr Habib,” said Mr O’Brien.

“As the defendant was entering Warennes Street, Mr Habib was driving out of the street.

“The defendant picked up a brick and threw it at the car, causing the windscreen to smash.

“Mr Habib drove away and the police were called again.”

Unemployed Furlong pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage.

Mr O’Brien said Furlong has seven convictions for 11 previous offences on his record.

However, he had not been before the courts since November 2009, when he was given a community order for assaulting a police officer and committing a public order offence.

Defending Furlong, Ruth Forster said it was fortunate that just the windscreen of the car had been damaged.

She added: “He accepts that the consequences could have been a lot worse.

“He realises that it was a stupid and drunken thing to have done.

“His partner at the time has now left him and he is single and staying away from all involved.”

Magistrates adjourned sentencing so more information about the repair bill for Mr Habib’s Ford Focus.

Furlong was released on conditional bail, with orders to live and sleep at his home address and not to contact prosecution witnesses.

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