Drunk smashed his way into wrong home
PUBLISHED: 17:39 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010
A MAN who broke the door down in a midnight attack on a family home has been handed community service. John Girton of Drake Mews, Bromley crashed through the door of the Arthur family home at midnight on January 12. He admitted criminal damage and atta
A MAN who broke the door down in a midnight attack on a family home has been handed community service.
John Girton of Drake Mews, Bromley crashed through the door of the Arthur family home at midnight on January 12.
He admitted criminal damage and attacking home owner Robert Arthur in the "frightening" attack, Croydon Crown Court heard last Friday.
Prosecuting, Robert Benzynie said Mr Arthur heard a noise outside his home in Denmark Road, South Norwood.
He added: "The next thing he knew was a banging on the door and it was kicked open.
"Girton was standing there and he tried to push his way past the house owner. There was a struggle and it came to blows in the hallway. The victim thought that Girton had something in his hand the length of a watch strap."
Mr Arthur ended up with a number of cuts and bruises and, added Mr Benzynie, the family are still a bit panicky over what happened on that night.
Repairs and replacement of the door and door frame came to £580.
Alan Goh, defending, said Girton had had a lot to drink and had gone to sleep in a friend's car.
Mr Goh said: "He woke up in a confused state and, for some unexplained reason, he thought he was at his own home or at his mother-in-law's house."
Judge Rose Downing ordered Girton, who has previous convictions but none for violence, to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay £350 compensation and £350 costs.
She said: "This was a very unpleasant incident and it must have been very frightening. You were a very drunk man behaving in a stupid way.