Man jailed for rampage at father's home

A FURIOUS row about a lift to Huntingdon led to a teenager smashing up his father s house — and receiving a prison sentence — a court heard. Michael Edwards, of Squires Court, Eaton Socon, admitted causing £1,600 of criminal damage at the Sawtry address h

A FURIOUS row about a lift to Huntingdon led to a teenager smashing up his father's house - and receiving a prison sentence - a court heard.

Michael Edwards, of Squires Court, Eaton Socon, admitted causing £1,600 of criminal damage at the Sawtry address he had shared with his father until recently.

On Thursday, William Powell, prosecuting, told Huntingdon Magistrates' Court how Edwards, 19, had returned home to Sawtry on the afternoon of June 26.

Mr Powell said that Edwards had asked his father to give him a lift to Huntingdon so he could sell a car stereo at Cash Converters.

"When his father refused to drive him, his son became angry and abusive," Mr Powell said. "He pinned his father against the kitchen wall and threw a 14-inch television to the ground where it smashed."

Mr Powell said that Edwards had also smashed a lamp and ornaments in the house and kicked the passenger door of his father's car.

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The prosecutor alleged that Edwards had smashed more items upstairs and threatened to take a hammer to the car, but this was denied by Edwards.

In police interview, he said he had 'had enough of being bullied' by his father, Mr Powell added.

Nenad Spasojevic, representing Edwards, said that he had been punched on the back of the head by his father during the row.

Mr Spasojevic said: "He accepts that he totally over-reacted. He has now moved out of the family home and is living in St Neots in full-time employment as a labourer."

The solicitor invited magistrates to hand Edwards, who was in breach of a community order imposed for similar offences, a suspended prison sentence.

"By giving him a suspended sentence it will spell out that uncontrollable temper is simply not acceptable," Mr Spasojevic said. "He will know that if this happens again he will not be on his way to Huntingdon to sell a stereo, but instead to Peterborough prison."

Magistrates handed Edwards a total of four months in prison, suspended for 24 months for the incident and similar previous offences.

Edwards was also ordered to complete 280 hours of community service and serve a 24-month supervision order. He was ordered to pay £300 in compensation to his father and £60 in court costs.

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