Grantham dad scratched abuse on car

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A FATHER of twins who keyed abuse into his ex-partner’s car was made to pay £250 compensation by Grantham magistrates.

Charles Smith, 27, of Kinoulton Court, Grantham, admitted scratching the word ‘slag’ into the car after a disagreement on July 21.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said: “He was upset.

“he fully admitted to the police when interviewed that he put this word into the car with his key.”

Smith, who had been in a relationship for four-and-a-half years and has 16-month-old twins, went to see his children when an issue arose.

A neighbour was alerted to the trouble between the pair when Smith’s ex-partner texted, asking her to call the police.

She had heard crashing noises coming from the property.

Prosecutor Daniel Paulson requested that a restraining order be put in place to give the victim a ‘safe haven’.

Smith, who bought the car for his ex-partner when they were in a relationship, said he felt the car was his property but was willing to pay the £250, which he believed the damage had cost.

Mr Pye-Smith added: “He is very much full of regret that he appears in court today.”

Until this incident, Smith had not been in trouble with the courts for four years and had changed his lifestyle.

Chairman of the magistrates Graham Harman said: “It’s a shame you are before the courts today.

“We understand the relationship has ended and we do feel there should be a cooling off period.”-

Smith was banned from going to his ex-partner’s address for three months.

He was also given a conditional discharge for 12 months and made to pay £40 towards court costs.