Police called after Xbox-obsessed man ripped up snap of partner’s gran

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AN Xbox-obsessed man ripped up a photograph of his girlfriend’s late grandmother during a heated row, a court was told.

Jonathan Todd threw a cup against a wall when his fed-up partner asked him to stop playing the video game non-stop through the night while also drinking.

South Tyneside magistrates heard he refused and ripped up her grandmother’s picture before the row flared-up further and the police were called.

Todd, 26, of Langford Drive, Boldon Colliery, admitted criminal damage.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £15.

Christopher Rose, prosecuting, said: “The injured party in this case is the defendant’s partner.

“She says that she had been in a relationship with the defendant for some time and they had been living together for about a year.

“They get along well until the defendant has a drink and then he becomes very abusive towards her.

“She says that from November 19 to the following day, the defendant had been continually playing on his Xbox in the bedroom and drinking beer and cider.

“He had been playing on the machine almost non-stop and keeping her awake. This resulted in an argument. She woke up and saw him playing on the Xbox and asked him to turn it off as she had to go to work early but he refused and an argument developed.

“She managed to get back to sleep again and then the following morning, at 6.30am, she awoke and he was still on the Xbox and she was annoyed at him and there was a further argument and altercation. During the course of this altercation he picked up a photograph of her grandmother and ripped it up in half and threw a cup against a wall.

“The altercation continued and eventually the police were called.

“While she was waiting for the police there were texts from the defendant saying he was sorry for what he had done.”

In a victim statement, the injured partner said: “I am very upset that Johnathan ripped up a picture of my nan, who passed away last year.”

Charles Carr, defending, said: “He did smash a ceramic cup which had a picture of his girlfriend on it. Because his partner had smashed his glass he threw her cup against the wall, that’s the level of it.

“There is no history of domestic violence between this young couple and this was an isolated incident. I understand they are now seeking a reconciliation.”

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