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Heamoor man asked to be 'cuffed' after damaging home

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

Heamoor man asked to be 'cuffed' after damaging home

A MAN who caused damage at his girlfriend's home after she told him to leave, went away, but came back while the police were there, holding out his hands and asking to be handcuffed.

"I am going away for this one. I am on a suspended sentence," Stephen Andrew Pearce told them.

At Truro Magistrates' Court Pearce, 38, of Jack Lane, Newlyn, was jailed for eight weeks after pleading guilty to criminal damage costing £100 to property belonging to Stephanie Shenton-Phelps at Penzance on August 25.

Gail Hawkley, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Pearce had gone to the property where they had both been living, at Heamoor.

He went there after midnight but his girlfriend refused to let him in because he was drunk.

He shouted abuse at her and she heard the sound of breaking glass outside and found the door to her conservatory was smashed. When Pearce was interviewed he said she had not told him the relationship was over.

He had drunk ten pints of beer that day. When she refused to let him in he used force to open the conservatory door to get in, knowing it was difficult to open, and the glass broke.

He had previous convictions and was in breach of a suspended sentence order.

Martin Pearce, for the defence, said when Stephen Pearce went to the property he had no reason to think he would not be allowed in. When she kicked him out it was midnight and raining, and he wanted to pick up clothes.

He had often used force on the conservatory door which would stick, but this time he did not get away with it.

Pearce, a marine engineer, was also given a drink banning order for a year and a restraining order preventing him from contacting Ms Shenton-Phelps. For his criminal damage offence he was given a conditional discharge.

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