Worksop man jailed for smashing up parents’ house while they were on holiday

Mansfield Magistrates Court.

Mansfield Magistrates Court.

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A man who smashed up his parents’ Worksop house while they were on holiday and splashed it with cooking oil and blood has been jailed, a court has heard.

Lee Pressley, 44, formerly of Welbeck Street, Creswell, changed his plea to guilty when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Judith Kirkham, prosecuting, said he had been allowed to stay at the address on Raines Avenue, in Worksop, because he had split up with his partner, and their grandson phoned the police when he discovered the damage on January 29.

They found an interior door was knocked off its hinges, a window was smashed, crockery and kitchen utensils had been damaged and cooking oil was on the floor.

“There was a considerable amount of blood throughout the house,” she said. “The full cost has been estimated at between £1,000 and £2,000.”

The court heard Pressley was last convicted for theft in October 2015 when he had been given a 12 month sentence.

Sarah Neale, mitigating, said: “He has very little recollection. He accepts consuming a quantity of alcohol.

“He had been involved in a motor accident and received concussion the day before the damage happened.”

She said Pressley never disputed that he was the culprit but she had been unable to find a doctor who could have presented evidence for a medical defence of automatism.

However, since a medical report could take another six to eight weeks, she said, Pressley decided to plead guilty.

“He is willing to pay his father and stepmother from his Employment Support Allowance,” Ms Neale said.

“He is very keen to re pay them because in the past they have been extremely supportive of him.”

Magistrates sentenced him to 18 weeks in custody and ordered him to pay £500 compensation.