Window smasher nabbed by blood-smeared vodka bottle

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A FAMILY feud led to a man smashing a window.

The victim was woken up when she heard her bin being moved outside her house in the early hours of October 2.

Her partner looked out of the window and recognised Scott Haddock and asked him what he was doing.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that a broken blood-smeared vodka bottle was found in the garden and Haddock was arrested.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said a blood sample matched that of the 21-year-old. Haddock, of Plantation Road, Pallion, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Haddock also admitted a string of driving offences.

The court heard he was arrested after police found him drunk in a van in Berwick Avenue at about 2.30am on December 19.

Officers had to help Haddock out of the van and he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated taking without consent.

Problems with the breath-test machine meant Haddock needed to give a blood sample. However he refused, blaming mental health problems.

Haddock pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, failing to provide a specimen, using a vehicle without insurance and failing to stop after an accident.

District Judge Roger Elsey adjourned sentencing until March 26, for a Probation Service report, looking at all options, including custody.