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Newtown man admits smashing windows in argument

Published date: 16 July 2017 |
Published by: Court Reporter
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A 77-year-old grandmother had her windows smashed by a man who was arguing with her grandson, a court heard.

Jamie Lee Thomas Jones, 26, changed his plea to guilty on Monday, the day he was due to stand trial at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court, after denying the offence at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that the home owner, Rita Matthews, and her daughter, Beverley Rawsthorne, were at the house on December 9, 2016.

Jones, of Swallow Drive, Maesyrhandir, Newtown, had got into a row with Ms Matthews’ grandson outside the property and smashed two windows, causing £1,630 of damage.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said that Ms Matthews heard her grandson, Ashley Rawsthorne, and Jones shouting at each other outside, and there was a loud smash.

In a victim personal statement, Ms Matthews said: “I am very frightened and shook up.

“I don’t know what Jamie’s issue is with my grandson. He doesn’t seem to have any boundaries and I don’t know what he is capable of.”

Ms Rawsthorne also provided a victim statement, saying that her mother had been made to “feel intimidated in her own home”.

Jones was arrested and interviewed on March 28, admitting he and Mr Rawsthorne did not get on but denying the offence.

Robert Hanratty, defending, said a restraining order to stop Jones contacting Mr Rawsthorne would not be appropriate.

He added: “Ashley Rawsthorne is not the complainant, he did not co-operate with the police investigation. Not a week goes by without Ashley approaching him and speaking to him.”

Cerys Cook, from the probation service, said the incident stemmed from an on-going dispute over money between the two men.

She added Jones was in a stable relationship, had a supportive family and was a civil engineer.

The court also heard Jones had previous convictions, linked to drug and alcohol use. His last offence was in 2014.

Jones was given a 12 month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days, as well as 135 hours’ unpaid work. A restraining order was not imposed.

He was ordered to pay £1,630 compensation to Ms Matthews, but no prosecution costs were awarded.

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