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Monday, 20 October 2014

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West Cumbrian man wrecked home of his mum's ex-partner

A man who broke into the home of his mother’s “violent” ex-partner and went on a wrecking spree – causing £2,000 of damage – has been jailed for more than two years.

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Jack Nicholson, of Workington: Admitted burglary with intent to cause criminal damage and was jailed for two years and four months

Jack Nicholson, 20, broke into the Workington home of Paul Wilson after throwing a brick through a window to gain access.

He then grabbed a knife and ran through the house, on Harrington Road, smashing picture frames and mirrors and destroying televisions and a PlayStation 3 games console. In the bedrooms, Carlisle Crown Court was told, he tore and stabbed the duvets.

At a previous court appearance, Nicholson, of Shore Terrace, Salterbeck, had admitted burgling Mr Wilson’s home with intent to cause criminal damage.

Prosecutor David Polglase said: “When the police attended they saw the defendant in the upstairs window holding a knife. The knife was thrown by the defendant towards an officer who deployed a police dog.

“When Mr Wilson returned home he found his house surrounded by police.

“Mr Wilson has had difficulties in the past with the defendant as he used to be in a relationship with his mother. They split up in July/August 2010 and a restraining order was imposed on Mr Wilson.”

In police interview, Nicholson admitted the offence and described Mr Wilson as “sick”.

Mr Polglase said: “Nicholson wanted to take revenge on Mr Wilson because of what he had done to his mother.”

In mitigation, Mark Shepherd, for Nicholson, said: “His mother was the victim of domestic violence in 2006 and 2010 and this had a serious effect and there has been continued tension between the parties.

“What he saw as a child has affected him and he knows that he has punished himself and his mum.”

Recorder Paul O’Brien said the case was “totally depressing”. He sentenced Nicholson to two years and four months in prison and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

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