BREAKING a mobile phone led to a 22-year-old man losing his job and appearing in court.
Robert Hanson, of Walton Gardens, Grantham, got into an argument with his partner before throwing her phone across the room, smashing it against a wall.
Hanson bought his girlfriend a new phone at a cost of £350 and the prosecution was not supported by the victim but, as the offence was classed as domestic violence, it came before magistrates.
Giles Tyas, defending, told the court Hanson had been going through a difficult time at home.
Following the incident he travelled to Newcastle for a break but when he returned home he found that he had missed shifts at work and had lost his job as a result.
Mr Tyas said: “He has lost a lot already – his employment and paying for the new phone.
“Given his circumstances I would ask you to conditionally discharge him.”
Hanson admitted criminal damage and was given a six-month conditional discharge and spared costs.