Man jailed for car brick attack

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A PERSISTENT offender who drunkenly hurled a brick through a car window following a row with his girlfriend has been jailed.

Roy Smalley, 42, of Holborn Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, admitted smashing the driver’s side window of a parked Mazda in the early hours of May 18, causing £500 of damage.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the defendant was caught in the act on CCTV before fleeing the scene on a pedal bike.

Jayne Kearsley, prosecuting, told how police quickly tracked down Smalley at Brookhouse flats in Scholes. He had blood trickling from his nose when he was arrested and scratches up and down his arms. In interview, the defendant admitted he had been drinking all night and was “off my head”.

He said he had smashed the car window to vent his anger following an argument with his girlfriend.

Smalley also pleaded guilty to a theft from the B&M bargain store at lunch time on May 31.

The court heard how a security officer watched as the defendant selected a bottle of vodka, concealed it in his underwear and then walked out of the store, making no attempt to pay.

When he was stopped moments later he had left the bottle of booze on a table at a nearby coffee shop.

Ms Kearsley added that Smalley had an extensive record, which included 52 convictions for 128 offences, and added that he was in breach of a 12-month conditional discharge which he had been granted in February.

Craig Parkinson, defending Smalley, told how his client had “considerable difficulty” with his addictions to both heroin and alcohol. He argued that nothing would be gained from sending the defendant to prison, instead calling for a suspended jail term and a drug rehabilitation order.

However, magistrates jailed Smalley for 16 weeks.