Boyfriend ‘lost the plot’ in argument over burnt toast

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN man lost the plot with his girlfriend after she complained he had burnt her toast.

Christopher Morris threw a cup of tea at Rebecca Halliwell which smashed an oven door in a row on February 16.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the 25-year-old, who was taking anabolic steroids at the time, then smashed the mum-of-two’s new mobile phone in a follow-up row the following day.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, told how the victim, a diabetic, had asked the defendant to watch a slice of toast for her so that it didn’t burn.

Morris then “flipped” when she complained that he had allowed the toast to burn.

The following day Morris sent several insulting text messages to Miss Halliwell but agreed to return to her home to collect his belongings.

When he did, he accused her of sending text messages to his brother and another argument ensued.

Morris then slammed her mobile phone into the floor - damaging the laminate floor - and threatened to smash up her car.

He then hurled her phone across the room, causing the front screen to shatter.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Halliwell said Morris’s actions had left her feeling “shocked”. Karen Schofield, defending, said her client had started using anabolic steroids before Christmas which had affected his behaviour.

Magistrates handed Morris, of Ellesmere Road, Pemberton, a 12-month community order with supervision and ordered him to complete 60 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £789 compensation.