Man damaged ex-girlfriend’s door

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AN angry boyfriend threatened his ex-girlfriend and damaged the door of her home.

Neil Maddison, from Washington, pleaded guilty to harassing the woman and causing criminal damage.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that the 30-year-old rang the woman and threatened her over three days from December 14 last year.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said Maddison also caused £180 of damage to the door the following day.

He was arrested and admitted the offences on December 18.

Sentencing was adjourned for the Probation Service to carry out a report, which defence solicitor Kate Meek claimed was “heavy handed”.

The woman sat at the back of court while Maddison, of Weardale Crescent, was sentenced and said she did not want a restraining order made against him.

Maddison, who had already spent 56 days behind bars on remand, was given a 24-month community order by magistrates.

Chairman of the bench John Scott stipulated he must also take part in a building relationships programme and pay £180 compensation to his victim.