Man jailed for scooter vandalism

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A DRUNKEN man vandalised his disabled partner’s mobilty scooter after disgracing himself in public.

William Finch, 26, of Jasmine Road, Worsley Hall, was jailed for 16 weeks after admitting to damaging the vehicle, using violence to get into her home and using threatening and abusive words, when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Jennifer Mansell, prosecuting, told the court that on July 26, Finch - who was under the influence of alcohol - became an anti-social nuisance at Robin Park’s Gala Bingo hall.

Ms Mansell said: “He was displaying disorderly behaviour, taking cigarettes from customers’ mouths and he was told to behave.

“Security guards could see the defendant urinating in full view of some ladies who were clearly disgusted by his behaviour.”

Finch then left and his girlfriend, Emma Slater, who has cerebral palsy, returned to her home in Laithwaite Road, Worsley Hall, to find him outside waiting for her. As they entered the house, Finch became abusive and she told him to leave.

He did but then returned at 2am and was banging on her window, threatening to throw a bin through the glass. He was also kicking and banging at her front door, Ms Slater called the police and her parents, who were nearby, also came to help,

After he had gone, Ms Slater noticed her mobility scooter was lying on its side, with the front bumper and steering column hanging off.

Ms Mansell added that Finch had a long-standing problem with alcohol and had spent several spells in prison.

He was also subject to a conditional discharge for a theft matter at the time of the offence.

Andrea Woods, defending, said that the couple had been together eight years and that Finch was willing to seek help for his alcohol problems.

She said: “Finch doesn’t know when to stop and has received a number of custodial terms as a direct result of his behaviour whilst intoxicated.

“In the past he has not been committed to community orders and without help, there is likely to be more incidents.”

Finch pleaded from the dock that he was trying to improve his behaviour, saying: “I love my girlfriend and I don’t want to lose her. I want help. I want to change. I don’t want to go back to jail. I have been six times and it’s been hard.”

Magistrates ordered Finch to serve 12 weeks in prison for using force to gain entry and a further four weeks for criminal damage.