Drunken rage ends in court

A WIGAN woman found her home trashed in a drunken rage by a man claiming to be her partner after returning from a hospital visit, a court heard.

Gareth Hughes has been banned from contacting Pauline Fairhurst, in Rivington Drive, Bickershaw, after he pleaded guilty to criminal damage during a hearing at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Kate McFarlane, prosecuting, said Hughes, 37, had known Ms Fairhurst for around three months and believed they were in a relationship, which she denied.

He visited her flat on December 1 carrying three bottles of whiskey and asked if he could stay at the flat for two hours.

Ms Fairhurst gave her keys to the flat to Hughes while she visited a friend in hospital. She returned at 4.30pm to find Hughes claiming someone had trashed her home.

Ms Fairhurst said the defendant appeared “very drunk” and later claimed there had been a fight in her flat. She managed to push Hughes out of the door after he started acting aggressively.

Hughes, of Churchill Avenue, Culcheth, had 20 previous convictions for 38 offences. His last offence was also for criminal damage. He was given a 12-month community order and told to complete 100 hours unpaid work, pay £160 compensation, £100 towards costs and given a 12-month restraining order.