A DRUNK man caused more than £1,000 worth of damage by smashing shop windows in Ilfracombe after a row with his girlfriend caused “red mist” to descend, his solicitor told a court.
David Taylor, 21, of Queens Avenue, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal damage when he appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The court heard how Taylor had been out drinking for most of the day on November 23 when he had a row with his girlfriend over her ex-boyfriend.
Taylor met up with his girlfriend again later in the day, but became jealous when he found her talking to another man.
Nigel Treasaden, for the defence, said another row broke out between the pair and his client became “angrier and angrier.”
He said: “The red mist descended.”
The court heard how Taylor tried to smash the window of the Ilfracombe Centre but it would not break, so he smashed the windows of The Pantry, Turner and Carr Estate Agents, and The Wellington Inn before he was stopped by police.
An ambulance was called to treat cuts on Taylor’s hands before he was taken to the police station.
Mr Treasaden added that Taylor was very ashamed.
Presiding magistrates Robin Hagley said he was sure Taylor would be by now regretting his actions.
Taylor was sentenced to 70 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay the compensation of £1035.96 for the damage he caused.
He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and court costs of £85.