Sunderland man caused £2,500 of damage in ‘rampage’ at ex’s home

A “shadow” man bulldozed his way into his ex-partner’s home by brute force when she refused to let him in.

Michael Phillips, 62, of Brady Street, Pallion, Sunderland, took his ex’s front door clean off its hinges by shoulder charging it.

In the melee that followed, glowering Phillips assaulted her neighbour by throwing a side unit she was gripping, a court was told.

The neighbour had intervened after hearing so much noise she thought there had been a car crash on Saturday, March 14 last year.

Prosecutor James Long said Phillips had banged at the doors of his ex’s, South Shields, minutes earlier – and was told to get lost.

After she shut the door, she saw only Phillips’ shadow move past her window – and then chaos ensued, magistrates in South Tyneside heard.

Mr Long said: “She had been in a sort of relationship with the defendant.

“It ended in November 2019, but the parties have kept in contact after that date.

“At about 5.45pm, she was at home by herself when she heard a knock at the door.

“She told him to leave because she wasn’t well and she was trying to sort things out as she was due to go to hospital.

“She then sees a shadow outside after a few minutes, and then her front door comes crashing through.

“The defendant had charged the door with his shoulder. The whole door had come off its hinges.

“He fell onto the top of the door. She shouted, ‘Why are you doing this?’”

Mr Long said Welshman Phillips continued his “rampage” in which he caused around £2,500 of damage.

He added: “He then punched the TV and threw a coffee table over.

“The neighbour Karen and her partner came into the property and the police were called.

“They had heard a loud bang coming from outside the house. She thought it was a car crash, it was so loud.

“Phillips then goes outside and causes damage to a car. He smashes the windscreen and causes damage to the bodywork.”

Mr Long said Phillips returned inside and grabbed a side unit being gripped by the neighbour, with the force of his throw causing her to fall over.

Phillips pleaded guilty to using violence to secure entry to a premises and causing criminal damage, and was found guilty after trial assault by beating.

Neil Hodgson, defending, said: “He’s been married a couple of times and has been out of trouble for 19 years.

“It’s all quite complicated, but the main thing is that the relationship seems to be over.

“It was a volatile relationship, he accepts that he’s got a temper. He knocked the door down.”

Magistrates ordered Phillips to pay compensation of £500 to his ex and £100 to her neighbour, and fined him £50, with £300 court costs.

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They handed him a 12-month community order, with a requirement of 20 days of rehabilitation work with the Probation Service.

He was also hit with a two-year restraining order which prohibits him from contacting his former partner.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland