Rampage after partner ripped up passport

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court
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A paranoid schizophrenic went on the rampage when his partner ripped up his passport, after he had been scrimping and saving for a year to take her on holiday, a court heard.

Mark O’Mara (23) hurled a recycling bin at her mother’s window and lobbed a concrete flagstone through her sister’s car windscreen in the outburst, on October 2nd, Burnley magistrates were told.

The justices heard after the incident, which followed a row with Tracy Wilkinson, the defendant flagged down a police car, told them what he had done and handed himself in.

O’Mara, who has a criminal record, but no recent offences, admitted causing £300 worth of damage to the window, belonging to Julie McDevitt and damaging a Ford Focus, belonging to Paul Swindells.

The defendant, of Wren Street, Burnley, was given a two-year conditional discharge and must pay £250 compensation. The bench chairman told him it was a “silly incident”.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said O’Mara had fallen out with Tracy Wilkinson. He turned up her home, shouting, and threw a blue recycling bin at her mother’s window.

The prosecutor added: “She says he was outside, smashing bottles and jars in the garden, making a real mess.”

Mr Daniel Frazer (defending) told the court he flagged down a police car.

He added: “Far from it being just an early guilty plea, he has gone as far as he can to try and move this process along as quickly as possible.”

The defendant’s partner was at court in support of him.