Man jailed for putting shovel through window

A Whitby man turned up at his ex-girlfriend’s house and smashed her kitchen window with a shovel as she sat petrified inside.

Hours earlier, Alexander Cameron, 25, had been banging on her front door, demanding to talk to her and telling he was going to be jailed the following day.

But his ex-partner refused to let him in and he left – only to return to the property in the Abbots Road area of Whitby in the early hours of the morning, when the victim was woken by a loud smashing noise downstairs.

She ran downstairs and found her kitchen window had been shattered by what appeared to be a shovel.

Cameron, who was subject to a suspended prison sentence at the time, was later arrested and told officers he was drunk during the incident.

He was charged with criminal damage and breaching the suspending sentence, which Cameron had been given for robbing a taxi driver in Whitby in December 2013.

He admitted the offences which occurred late on December 9 and into the early hours of December 10 when he appeared at York Crown Court for sentencing last week.

Prosecutor Nicholas Rooke said as well as the damage to property, Cameron had also breached the suspended sentence by failing to attend at least two appointments with the Probation Service, which was part of the order.

On the occasions that he did turn up, he was drunkenly aggressive with probation officers in Whitby.

The court heard that Cameron, of Church Street, had previous convictions for burglary and criminal damage, and had breached three court orders in the space of 15 months.

Defence barrister Taryn Turner said Cameron may also have been on drugs at the time of the incident at his ex-girlfriend’s home, and was currently on a methadone programme.Judge Guy Kearl QC sentenced him to 30 weeks in prison.