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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Cumbrian man’s rampage after row with girlfriend

A Workington man who went on a drink-fuelled rampage in his girlfriend’s home has been jailed for two months.

Scott MacKenzie, 25, caused £250 worth of damage to three internal doors and one external door following an argument with Melissa Tyer in her Cockermouth home.

MacKenzie, of Vulcans Lane, who was on a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a police officer in August, appeared in court yesterday with a bandaged right arm.

John Cooper, defending, said: “He did as much damage to himself as he did to the doors.”

West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court heard that MacKenzie has been drinking on Saturday, March 9 and that the argument started when he returned to her Cockermouth flat on the Sunday.

William Magill, prosecuting, said the damage to the doors had been carried out while the victim’s two children, aged one and two, were in the house.

He added that MacKenzie couldn’t recall how much he had to drink and that his memory of what happened was “unclear”.

“He couldn’t remember what had caused the damage but he did agree it wasn’t damaged prior to that.”

Mr Cooper said his client has “mental health problems” but had recently come off his medication after consulting his doctor.

MacKenzie, he said, was suffering from either psychosis and schizophrenia.

“But there has never been domestic violence and his partner is not scared of him. There is no history of violence between them and this was more of a one-off.”

MacKenzie was sentenced to 40 days imprisonment for the breach of the suspended sentence, and a further 40 days for the criminal damage.

Ian Killip, chairman of the bench, said: “We have given this case a lot of consideration and the decision of the bench is that you committed this offence of a violent nature in your girlfriend’s home with children present, and when this was fuelled by alcohol.”

There was no award of costs or compensation.


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