Jealous Sunderland brute snapped girlfriend's phone in half and forced door off hinges in tirade at his home

A jealous brute snapped his girlfriend's phone in half over accusations she had exchanged messages with a work colleague.

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 9:48 am
Updated Thursday, 21st March 2019, 9:53 am

Michael Burns claimed to have seen "messages and screenshots" of exchanges between the woman and her workmate last July.

Newcastle Crown Court heard during an angry confrontation the 23-year-old "dragged" his victim into his home and called her abusive names.

Prosecutor Daniel Penman told the court: "He was screaming and shouting he had seen messages and screenshots from the colleague, before saying ‘watch this’ and snapping her mobile phone in two."

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The court heard the victim was left in such fear that she ran to the bathroom for safety.

Mr Penman added: "He was shouting 'no-one will want you when I've finished with you', while banging on the bathroom door with a brick."

The court heard Burns eventually forced the door off its hinges and continued to scream and shout before the police arrived and arrested him.

Burns, of Villette Road, Sunderland, admitted a public order offence and criminal damage.

Judge Amanda Rippon sentenced him to a community order for 12 months with programme requirements and £200 costs.

Burns has been given a restraining order to keep him away from the victim for good.

Judge Rippon said the woman was entitled to "feel safe" and added: "Whatever she had or you thought she had done, this was not the way to behave."