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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Carlisle man smashed way into house, started headbutting bathroom door

A man who drunkenly smashed his way into a woman’s house and headbutted a bathroom door has been given a community order.

Aaron Matthew Gawthrop, 22, of Lund Crescent, Currock in Carlisle, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, sending a threatening message and failing to surrender to bail at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that on December 7, police received a call from a woman who had previously been in a relationship with Gawthrop saying that he was drunk and threatening to break in. He then left but returned at about 2am the next day and smashed the front door in.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: “He pushed his way in and began headbutting the bathroom door, then punched a glass pane three times.”

Magistrates were told that Gawthrop then sent a text message to the woman, threatening to “do her in”.

Sara Budniak, defending, said: “He has suffered from anxiety and depression and is struggling to sleep.

“He takes full responsibility for his actions.”

Gawthrop was ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £150 costs.

The phone used to send the threatening text was also confiscated.


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