Jealousy led Long Sutton man to court

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A man who broke a window at a house his ex-girlfriend shared told police that jealousy got the better of him.

Matthew McKay (24), of Anfield Road, Long Sutton, felt “taunted” by text messages from his ex, including one saying she had a new boyfriend, Boston magistrates heard.

After breaking the window with a brick, McKay spat at PC Paul Cooper as he was being taken to the police station.

McKay pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assaulting the officer when he appeared in court yesterday (Wednesday).

Magistrates ordered him to pay £150 for the window broken in Queens Road, Spalding, and £50 to PC Cooper. He must also pay £25 towards prosecution costs.

Ruth Snodin, prosecuting, said McKay went to the Queens Road address in the early hours of November 29.

She said there was a verbal disagreement and McKay picked up a pot plant and threw it at the window. He went outside and threw a brick at the window, causing it to smash.

Mrs Snodin said police attended and McKay swore in the police car, asking to be let out, and kicked the rear of the passenger seat.

She said when interviewed, McKay admitted spitting at PC Cooper but claimed the officer had first hit him on the head.

Mrs Snodin said: “He said he regretted going to the house and smashing the window but jealousy got the better of him.”

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said McKay felt taunted by the text messages and believed the police officer was “rather rough with him”.