Man ripped up the clothes of former partner after row
A Street man who argued with his former partner took out his frustrations on her clothes ripping them up in revenge.
However when Harley David Govier appeared in court on a charge of criminal damage it was disclosed he felt so bad about what he had done that he had already paid for some new clothes.
Govier, aged 30, of Anthony Road, pleaded guilty to destroying clothing to the value of £40 belonging to Kelly Burrows during the incident on March 11 last year.
A second charge of common assault against Miss Burrows was dropped when he appeared before South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates. Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that Govier was visiting his ex-partner at her home in Shepton Mallet when the pair started to argue.
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"Afterwards Miss Burrows could hear some banging noises going on upstairs and found that the defendant had torn a number of her tops causing around £40 worth of damage," she said.
Defending solicitor Helena Suffield said that Govier had previously been in a long-term relationship with Miss Burrows and during his visit to her home they had an argument and he admitted damaging some of her clothing.
"He is very sorry he did it which was reflected in the fact that he gave her £40 from his next benefits cheque to replace the clothing and they are still friends now," she said.
The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge on Govier and ordered him to pay £30 towards costs.