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Thursday, 02 October 2014

Barrow man smashed up home of mum’s new man

A BARROW man upset about his mother striking up a relationship broke into the man’s home and smashed it up after a drinking session.

A Judge told Paul Treen that his dad would have to fight his own battles and he should start thinking about himself.

Treen, 22, of Abbotsmead Approach, had been committed to Preston Crown Court for sentence after admitting burglary with intent to cause unlawful damage.

Mr Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, told the court the ransacking took place on October 4 at an address on Rawlinson Street.

Mr Peter Waddington, who lived there, was said to be in a relationship with the defendant’s mother Linda Treen.

On the day of the offence they were in the Yates pub in Barrow. Treen, who had been drinking, “threatened to sort him out” and offered to fight him outside.

Treen was asked to leave and later Mr Waddington received a telephone call informing him a double glazed window in this front door had been damaged.

When he got there he discovered his home had been ransacked with the settee, a TV and microwave turned over.

A beer fridge had also been damaged.

Treen was arrested and admitted he had drunk up to nine pints of lager.

He said he was upset that Mr Waddington was in a relationship with his mother and blamed him for the breakdown of his parents’ marriage.

Miss Sarah Booth, speaking in mitigation, said had Treen been sober he would not have acted in the way he had. Treen had issues with alcohol and needed support.

The Judge Recorder Karen Brody told Treen he had effectively “smashed the place up” and “left it a complete tip”.

She said she accepted there was a rift in the family and that Treen was close to his father but what he had done would not make Mrs Treen go back to her husband.

She said: “You have no control over what your mum and Mr Waddington do.”

When in drink, Treen tended to “fly off the handle.”

She told Treen: “Stop fighting your father’s battle. It is time for you to think about yourself.”

Treen was give a community order and supervision for 12 months. He will have alcohol treatment for six months.

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