Edwinstowe man fined for damaging door

AN Edwinstowe man who damaged the door of a council house during a row with his partner has been fined £200.

James Bishop (31), of Perlethorpe Close, had been arguing with his girlfriend on 28th September when she locked him out of her council-owned property.

Bishop was angered by his partner’s refusal to let him into the first floor flat to collect some belongings and eventually broke through an external door after banging on it several times.

He collected some personal items and was leaving but his partner had already called the police and Bishop was arrested.

In mitigation, the court was told that Bishop bitterly regretted his actions and immediately admitted his culpability.

The damage amounted to £445.71 but the doors were due to be replaced shortly by Mansfield District Council.

In sentencing him, District Judge Diane Baker praised Bishop for his early guilty plea and co-operation with police officers and said he had shown genuine remorse.

Bishop, who appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, was also forced to pay £445.71 for the damage to the door and lock as well as a £15 victim surcharge.