Louth man damaged partner’s phone after finding messages from another man

Court news
Court news

A Louth man broke his partner’s mobile phone when he threw it at a window during an argument after he found messages from another man on the phone, a court has been told.

Shaun David Hewson, 30, of James Street, admitted damaging the phone, worth £250, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on November 3.

Mark Salt, prosecuting, said that Hewson had thrown the phone belonging to his partner, Sophie Martin, during an argument when they were breaking up and it had broken.

He told police that he had lost his temper and agreed to compensate her.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said the couple had been together for 13 years and there had been a row when he thought she was being evasive about showing him her phone and that things came to a head when he picked up the phone and saw messages on it from another man.

“There was an argument and he threw it in anger and broke it,” said Mr Aziz.

He said the couple had since made up and Hewson had given Ms Martin £300 for a new phone.

The magistrates imposed a six month conditional discharge and ordered Hewson to pay a total of £250 in costs and court charges.