Sunderland man battered boyfriend’s front door after row

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A MAN rowing with his on-off boyfriend caused hundreds of pounds-worth of damage to a door.

David Reay hit George Eggleston’s front door after the pair fell out.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the couple had been together for more than three years when Reay lost his temper.

The 47-year-old claimed the argument erupted after he was walking past his boyfriend’s flat in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, and a man asked him for directions to the address.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw told the court: “Mr Reay was angry and upset about that as he believed it was someone he had met and was more than just a friend.

“He went to Mr Eggleston’s to have it out with him. Mr Eggleston came down and let him in. They had cross words, then he went back into the property.”

But Reay began banging on the door of the apartment block, causing £300 of damage.

Mr Laidlaw told magistrates that the couple’s relationship was on and off and they usually contacted each other by text or email, but Reay claimed it was when it suited Mr Eggleston.

In a statement read out to the court, Mr Eggleston said: “I have never been scared of him of him before, but now I am.

“I don’t feel I can stay here any more, because I don’t feel safe.

“Everywhere I go and everywhere I am, he’s there.”

Reay, of Lewis Crescent in Hendon, pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal damage.

Defending him, Derek Logg, said there was “mutual antagonism” and the couple separated because Reay was unhappy about his partner speaking to other men online.

Mr Logg said: “The main antagonism was the evils of the internet; contact and conversation with other men and that was the primary reason in Reay’s eyes why they had to separate.

“Mr Eggleston became slightly more promiscuous on the internet than Reay could accept.

“Reay still had feelings for Mr Eggleston and those feelings continue to be mutual, from what I understand.

“He is a big man, so he could cause that damage to the door with his hands, especially when in a state of high dudgeon.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work, and a restraining order preventing Reay from contacting his former partner or going near his home address.

He was also ordered to pay for the damage he caused to the door.

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