Yob jailed after attacking his best friend’s mother's home with rocks and smashing up her car

An intoxicated yob has been jailed for attacking his best friend’s mum’s home with rocks and smashing up her car.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 7:00 am
Kevin Moss

Kevin Moss, 22, caused hundreds of pounds of damage to windows at the house in Houghton, at 9am on Monday, August 3, a court heard.

Moss, of no fixed abode, did so after going there and trying to speak to the woman’s son with whom he was lifelong pals, but had fallen out.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court Moss then used a wheel brace or suchlike to wreck the woman’s car.

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Moss has now been put behind bars for 20 weeks after pleading guilty to two charges of criminal damage and one of threatening violence, all committed when he was subject to a suspended jail term.

Mr Anderson said: “The complainant knows the defendant, she’s known him since he was a child through her son.

“At about 9am he knocks on the door and she looks out and sees him standing there in the garden.

“She said that he couldn’t speak to her son. Her son woke up and told the defendant to go away in no uncertain terms.

“The defendant became agitated and started to throw rocks at the house.”

He added: “The defendant moved towards the car and used something like a wheel brace. It’s all on CCTV.

“The damage to the car is said to be £180, but the damage to the house is more.

“There’s no price yet, but it is expected to be several hundred pounds.”

The court heard Moss was made subject to a four-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, on June 24, and was on an 18-month community order, both for similar offences.

Paul McAlindon, defending, said: “They had been friends for many years but had fallen out. He went around to resolve things.

“Despite it being 9am, he was under the influence and has lost his temper and damaged the house and the car.”

Moss was sentenced to eight weeks for each of the criminal damage charges, to run concurrently.

The four-week suspended sentence was activated, to run consecutively, and he was handed an eight-week term for the threats charge, to run consecutively.

He must pay £150 compensation each to the mother and son.

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