‘Jealous’ Louth man smashed up bathroom

Court News
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A 23-year-old Louth man, described in court as “jealous” and “controlling”, smashed up a bathroom at his partner’s home while he was so drunk he could not remember doing it.

Benjamin Andrew Barnett, of Monks Dyke Road, admitted damaging a bath belonging to Waterloo Housing and a bathroom mirror, cabinet and toilet seat belonging to Larna Martin, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court. He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for damage in February 2014.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Barnett and Ms Martin had been together for five years but separated in 2014 because of his “jealous and controlling nature.”

She said the two started getting on better and he moved back in to her home in Mount Pleasant Avenue, but on New Year’s Eve they argued and he left, returning drunk at 8.30pm on New Year’s Day. He collapsed unconscious on the bathroom floor and Ms Martin rang Barnett’s mother to come get him, but he came to and threw the bathroom cabinet into the bath.

Ms Stace said Ms Martin rang police and held the bathroom door closed so he could not leave and heard him inside breaking things. She discovered he put two holes in the bath and pulled a mirror from the wall and smashed it, as well as the bathroom cabinet.

When interviewed by police, Barnett said he had been drinking and couldn’t remember what happened. Barnett, who wasn’t represented, told the magistrates he “fully regretted” his actions. “Alcohol totally changes my actions,” he said. The magistrates adjourned the case for sentence on March 24 and ordered for a report from the Probation Service.