Grantham court: Man remanded in custody after smashing music system

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A Grantham man was remanded in custody after breaching his bail conditions when he smashed up a music system at his ex-partner’s home.

Kevin Bonner, 42, of Avenue Road, appeared in custody before magistrates and admitted the criminal damage charge, which happened on March 22.

One of Bonner’s bail conditions was that he did not contact his former partner.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that on Saturday afternoon Bonner smashed up the Sony music system when he threw it on the floor, then picked it up and threw it towards a window. His ex-partner had told police that Bonner had said: “I am doing this because it’s better than hitting you.” She had said he was “aggressive and volatile”.

Bonner told police he had mental health issues and also an issue with alcohol. Mr Clare said this was a second breach committed by Bonner while on bail.

Defending, Rory Macmillan said Bonner was a single man, but had a 15-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and also a son, 22, who had died five months ago. An inquest is due into his death.

Mr Macmillan told the court that Bonner suffered from depression and anxiety and was receiving treatment at the Beaconsfield Centre in Grantham.

He said Bonner had been drinking a bit more since his son’s death, but there were no drug issues.

He was living in sheltered accommodation for vulnerable people.

The court heard that on Friday Bonner had gone into town and had met his ex-partner by coincidence. At the end of the night she invited him back to her home and, in his own words, “like an idiot” he went with her.

There was an argument between them and Bonner broke the music system.

Mr Macmillan said: “He feels very foolish and incredibly disappointed that he has given into her wishes.”

He also told the court that the ex-partner had delivered a letter to Bonner’s address on Tuesday and had visited his address no less than four times that day.

Bonner is due to appear in court on April 7 when magistrates will be given a probation report on him.