Frustrated father smashed window

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FRUSTRATION over not being able to see his child led a Boston man to smash a window at his former partner’s home, magistrates have been told.

Andrew Ward, of Red Lion Street, had been drinking before he went to Kimberly Robinson’s house on May 12 to see his daughter, and when she told him he would not be able to see her, he hit the window in frustration, smashing the glass and causing £100 of damage, the prosecution said.

He admitted causing criminal damage when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old also pleaded guilty to using threatening behvaiour with the intention of provoking unlawful violence, after he started a fight in The Boston Still on April 21.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, told magistrates that bar staff had seen Ward go over to another man in the pub, start an argument and then punch him, before a fight started.

In mitigation, Sacha Waxman said Ward was retaliating to a fight with the other man last year, which had resulted in Ward suffering serious injuries. She added that this had been the first opportunity he had to confront the other man.

Miss Waxman also told magistrates that he had not intended to damage the window at his former partner’s home, but that he had paid for the repair since the incident. She added that the relationship had been strained between Ward and Miss Robinson at the time, but the issues had now been resolved and his life had become more stable.

She told the bench: “He said he feels the most stable now that he has done since splitting with his ex-partner.”

Magistrates gave Ward a community order with a condition to complete 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 court costs.