A MAN who was frustrated because he was drunk took his anger out on a rented property, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

John Heslop Westwick (32) of Castle Road, Prudhoe, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court this afternoon to causing criminal damage at a property rented by a woman in the town on December 11.

The court heard Westwick damaged three internal doors belonging to housing association Karbon Homes when ‘intoxicated and frustrated’.

Judge Paul Currer said: “In relation to this case, you behaved very badly in the way you attended the house while drunk and acting out of frustration. I accept you pleaded guilty to these charges at the earliest opportunity.”

Westwick was sentenced to pay a total of £300 in compensation to Karbon, £85 prosecution costs, and a £34 victim surcharge.

Westwick was also handed a restraining order against the female complainant.

The order prevents him from contacting the complainant directly or indirectly including through digital media and will remain in place for two years.

A separate charge of assault by beating against the same victim was dismissed.