Man damages car belonging to partner’s mum

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN man has been ordered not to contact his girlfriend’s mum after damaging her car in a fit of rage, a court heard.

Magistrates yesterday issued a restraining order on behalf of Amanda Prescott and partner Dale Essex against Christopher Rigby.

Rigby, 29, of Wharncliffe Street, Hindley, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage and received a nine month community order.

A sentencing hearing at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court was told Rigby has been in an “on and off” relationship with Ms Prescott’s daughter Chloe, 23. Mike Ardern, prosecuting, said: “Ms Prescott and her partner do not get on with Mr Rigby because he is violent and has issues with drink and drugs. He lives in the next street to them and when the two (Rigby and Chloe) fall out he targets their home.”

On March 6, Rigby approached the Lord Street home and kicked Ms Prescott’s Renault Megane, causing £400 damage, the court heard.

Mr Ardern added that Rigby later told officers “I kicked the car tonight and I’m sorry” and signed a police notebook to confirm.

Ms Prescott has been “living in fear” as Rigby has several previous convictions including one in June 2012 when he also damaged property belonging to her, the court was told.

Mr Ardern added: “He had been drinking when he kicked the car, he was angry at Chloe at the time.”

Peter Moran, defending, told that Rigby was keen to curb his drinking habits.

Mr Moran added: “He has re-engaged with his partner and knows he has to sort out his drinking. He is asking for help and he is aware that if it does not work out he goes to prison. He does not want to be parted from his girlfriend and baby.”

Rigby’s community order includes a six-month alcohol rehabilitation programme, a nine-month supervision order and a 10 week curfew from 7pm to 7am.

He was ordered to pay £400 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.