A tenant who caused almost £6,000 worth of damage to his rented home after refusing to vacate the flat, despite being served notice by his landlord, has pleaded guilty to damaging the property in Delabole, north Cornwall, between January and April this year.
David Pearson, 46, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday, where he was sentenced to a 12-month community penalty, including 25 rehabilitation activity requirement sessions and 120 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to the landlord.
Deborah Roberts, who owns the property, was also advised by the court to pursue further damages through civil proceedings.
The court heard that Pearson, who was living at the property with his elderly mother, committed the damage following a breakdown in his relationship with Roberts, after denying the landlord entry into the property.
Prosecuting barrister Phillip Lee told the court that Pearson had caused damage to the boiler and cupboard, a kitchen cupboard, an electrical socket, a wall and a ceiling, while a built-in cupboard and door were also missing.
“This is a sorry tale,” Lee said. “This would appear to be deliberate damage following the altercation in March.
“The defendant admitted he made alterations and caused damaged but claimed he intended to make good. He alleged that shoddy workmanship had caused some of the problems.
“This man has some previous convictions for threats and violence.”
The precise cost of the damage, estimated to be over £5,700, is currently in dispute.