Prison for man who punched window

Irate Charles Everton has been jailed for ten months after putting his fist through a bridal shop window.

He left the £1,000 repair bill after getting a call from his girlfriend to say she had been attacked by two men, a court heardk.

Jobless Everton of New Road, Belper, dialled 999 to report the incident and was furious when the operator cut off the call, said Austin Newman, mitigating, at Derby Crown Court.

“That led to his angry outburst. He didn’t intend to cause damage,” he said.

Everton, 28, admitted criminal damage on August 10. He also pleaded guilty to theft of a bag containing tobacco from a customer in a Derby pub on April 18.

Recorder Andrew Eastall said there was a “very good reason” why the 999 operator ended the call from Everton, who got involved in a fight with two men after the window had been smashed.

He said Everton had a criminal record of “relatively petty offending” but added: “You have caused a number of people a great deal of distress and inconvenience.

“You lost your temper and smashed the window of the bridal wear shop.”

Jonathan Dee, prosecuting, said Everton was in the Babington Arms, Derby, when another man left his bag beside the bar while going to the toilet. Everton picked it up, walked out and was arrested on July 18.

The window was shattered after Everton was seen “getting angry on his phone.”

Mr Dee added: “For no apparent reason, he walked up towards a group of shops, was heard shouting something and punched the window.

“It caused inconvenience to the shopkeeper and left her with a sense of anxiety that someone had a vendetta against her. But that was not the case.”

Everton was ordered to pay a government surcharge of £100 but no compensation claim was made against him for the damage to the shop.