A MAN has admitted smashing the windows of a house with a baseball bat while a couple and their children were inside.
Daniel Salisbury, of High Street, Pentre Broughton, smashed the downstairs windows of a council-owned property in Caego, Wrexham. It followed an argument over money between the defendant’s partner and Ashley Jones, who lived in the property with his partner Rebecca Edwards.
Salisbury, 21, changed his initial not guilty plea and admitted a charge of criminal damage at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 160 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £600 compensation to the council.
The court heard Miss Edwards was sitting in her living room at about 10pm on August 21 with her partner and two children, who were upstairs in bed.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said she heard a loud bang at the window and glass sprayed across the living room floor.
She said she could hear a voice shouting “get out now”, but could not see who it was as the curtains were closed.
More windows were smashed on the ground floor flat and Mr Jones came down the stairs but was persuaded by Miss Edwards to not go outside.
Kay Evans, a neighbour, saw the incident from her window and provided a description to the police of two men with baseball bats.
When the police asked the couple of anyone they had fallen out with recently, the only person they could think of was Salisbury. Melissa Griffiths, defending, said there had been a dispute between Salisbury’s partner and Mr Jones over the loaning of some money.
Salisbury was arrested by officers and picked out during an identity process by witness Ms Evans.
She said she had seen the defendant’s face during the incident.
Mr Jones, Miss Edwards and their two children were unharmed in the incident but Wrexham Council had to board up five windows and reglaze a further three at a cost of £492.
Miss Griffiths said Salisbury realised he should not have taken the matter of the loan into his own hands.
She said Salisbury felt the incident “ticked all the wrong boxes” and it had taken him until Christmas to pluck up the courage to tell his parents, who he lives with, that he was guilty.
She added the fact there were children in the house was a “damaging factor” in the case.
District Judge Andrew Shaw told Salisbury: “You are ashamed of your actions and this incident must have been terrifying, especially with two children in the house. It is hard for me to imagine how frightened they must have been.”
Salisbury was also told to pay £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.