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Man threatened to drive off bridge after girlfriend went on night out without him, court hears

A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to criminal damage, taking a car without consent and driving after drinking and will be sentenced later this month

Aldershot Magistrates' Court

A man flew into a rage after his girlfriend went on a night out without him, a court was told.

Liam Gladwell went round to his girlfriend's house the next morning to confront her, threatening to jump off a multi-storey car park and drive off a bridge.

The 20-year-old admitted criminal damage, taking a motor vehicle without consent, driving while unfit through drink and using a vehicle without third party insurance when he appeared at Aldershot Magistrates' Court on January 2.

Prosecutor Fiona McMurray said Gladwell would become jealous when Sian Tolley, his girlfriend of a year, went out with her friends.

She added that on December 14 last year, Miss Tolley went out with some of her family members. She said Miss Tolley spoke to Gladwell at about 3am and he was angry that she had been out.

At about 7.30am the next day, Gladwell went to Miss Tolley's home in Tongham Road, Aldershot, to ask where she had been.

Miss McMurray said he head-butted the wardrobe, pulled down the curtain pole and started 'swinging' it around.

She added Gladwell kicked the bedroom door and said he would jump off a multi-storey car park because 'he'd had enough of everything'.

Miss Tolley later looked out the window and saw Gladwell sitting in the driver's seat of her Vauxhall Corsa. She called him and told him to get out but he said he was going to drive off a bridge.

Miss McMurray said Gladwell then drove about 50 feet while Miss Tolley called the police.

Gladwell, of Foden Road in Aldershot, was arrested at 8.41am and taken to the police station, where he was found to have 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, nearly twice the legal limit of 35mg.

When interviewed by police, he gave a prepared statement and otherwise said 'no comment' to questions.

Miss McMurray said Gladwell had a previous conviction for criminal damage last January, for which he was ordered to pay compensation and put on a community order until January 9 2014.

Robin Pigott, defending, asked magistrates to give his client credit for his early guilty plea but asked the matter be put off for probation reports.

Magistrates agreed, adjourning the case to Basingstoke Magistrates' Court for sentencing on January 23.

Gladwell was giving an interim driving ban and given bail on condition he does not contact Miss Tolley or enter Tongham Road in Aldershot.

 

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