Jealous Sunderland man caught on CCTV when he smashed ex-girlfriend's window in revenge attack

A jealous Sunderland man left his ex-partner in fear after he threw a brick through her front window.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:06 am

Adam Carter, 24, did so at 1am while the woman was in her bedroom with her three-year-old son at their Sunderland home.

The attack by Carter, of Toward Road, Sunderland, on Sunday, July 26, has left his victim in fear and looking to move.

Deputy District Judge Alex Boyd jailed him for five weeks, suspended for 18 months, for what he labelled a “revenge” attack.

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court

Prosecutor Liz McGowan told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “She had been in a relationship with the defendant for about one-and-a-half years.

“It ended in January 2020, there had been a few minor issues, including the defendant contacting her.

“At around 1am she was at her home address with her three-year-old son when she heard a loud bang at her front window.

“She saw that the window had been damaged by a brick. She was concerned for her safety and that of her son.

“She left her property and went to a neighbour’s who allowed her to call the police.

“She saw CCTV and identified Mr Carter as being the person who threw the brick. The damage was £200.”

In a victim statement read to the court, the woman said: “I don’t feel safe in my own home anymore and feel that I will have to move house because of this.”

Paul McAlindon, defending, told the court: “She told him that she had another man who had been round at the house.

“He has done this on impulse, not taking into account what may happen.”

Carter, who has a previous conviction for assaulting a former partner in 2017, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

Judge Boyd also ordered him to complete up to 30 days of rehabilitation work with the Probation Service.

He was told that he must pay the woman £200 compensation, and there was a £120 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

He also made subject of an 18-month restraining order to stay away from his victim and not to enter her street during that time.

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