A Newtown man damaged his ex-partner's door and post box by kicking it with steel cap boots after they fell out when she refused to hand back the key to his flat, a court has heard.

Christopher Clark, 27, was fined £100 after he admitted causing criminal damage to his former partner's door after a night out on January 9 this year.

Welshpool Magistrates' Court heard that the pair had been out drinking in pubs when they fell out about Clark's flat keys.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was not particularly happy and refused to get out of the taxi as he wanted his flat key back."

The victim locked the door of her house and phoned the police when Clark kicked and damaged the door and post box.


Mrs Tench added that the victim, who did not support the case going to court, was left "upset and insecure" by what had happened that night.

Robert Hanratty, mitigating, said: "He wanted to go back to the flat and he wasn’t happy when she said she hadn't got them. He's heard shouting for his keys, she says she hasn't got them, and he boots the door."

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Mr Hanratty added that Clark's belongings were later delivered by his ex-partner and among them was the key to the flat.

"There is a bit of a game going on," Mr Hanratty said. "They were both under the influence of drink."

Magistrates fined Clark of Heol y Coleg, Newtown, £100 and ordered him to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.