Ex-girlfriend whipped with phone charger after Durham night out

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A man smashed up his ex-girlfriend’s home and whipped her across the leg with a phone charger after reading a text message on her phone.

Jack Martin Baker pulled three mirrors off the wall and threw them down the stairs, in a jealous rage before throwing one of them against a sink smashing the glass.

The 21-year-old snapped his ex-partners glasses, removed knifes from the kitchen draw and stabbed them into the kitchen work bench and threw an iron.

The scared victim ran up the stairs, but Baker followed her, sat on the bed next to her and asked for a cuddle.

When she refused, he grabbed the phone charger and hit her across the leg.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the pair had been in a relationship for four years when they began to argue and separated. During the incident on December 13, they had tried to resume their relationship and had both been on a night out in Durham separately, when Baker arrived at her house at about 5am.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: “He asked why she hadn’t text him. She explained the phone battery had went flat.”

He went upstairs and was upset when he read a text on her phone which she said she was going to a work colleague’s home and not into town.

He started calling her insulting names before throwing her phone down the stairs and damaging her home. The total damage came to £905.

Baker, of Pitcairn Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, admitted affray and criminal damage.

Recorder Hirst sentenced Baker to a 12-month community order with 12 months supervision. He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £905 of compensation and £100 in costs.