Man damaged council home in fit of rage

Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

In a “completely wild” rage, an 18-year-old Hucknall man smashed up his mother’s home and then assaulted a woman police officer, a court heard.

Corey Thrower only calmed down when the police threatened to use CS gas on him. But even then, he half-hurled himself, head first, out of a bedroom window, screaming: “I want to die!”

Thrower, of Little Wood Court, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to causing damage to the inside of the property Laughton Crescent, where his mother, Jodie Thrower, lived, and to assaulting the officer on 6th July.

Rosie Wilde (prosecuting) said Thrower destroyed two toilets, cupboards, doors and drawers, and also punched holes in the wall after “a disagreement”.

When two officers arrived, he was “visibly upset” and “became aggressive, flailing his arms and shouting”.

He waved a lighter in one of their faces, and tried to ignite it, before kicking the female officer in the shoulder.

Thrower pleaded guilty to two other charges of causing damage, totalling £750, at shops in Hucknall -- the Co-op on Watnall Road on Tuesday 13th May and the Robin Hood Store on Robin Hood Drive on Wednesday 2nd July.

Mrs Wilde said both arose from disputes about whether or not he was under-age. At the Co-op, staff refused to let him buy a scratch card, demanding to see ID. He responded by punching the display screen on a till.

At Robin Hood, where he was already barred, an abusive Thrower swung his scooter at the counter and shelves after being told he couldn’t buy cigarettes.

Victoria Clayton (defending) said all the “unpleasant” incidents stemmed from Thrower “losing his temper, which he has struggled with for many years”.

He had a criminal record as a juvenile when his supportive mother had made several unsuccessful attempts to have his mental health assessed.

“When he is angry and frustrated, he acts impulsively and suffers from blackouts,” said Miss Clayton. “He has now referred himself to his GP for help. His girlfriend is pregnant, so he realises he must address his problems.”

The magistrates gave Thrower a community order of 18 months to include 240 hours of unpaid work and a Thinking Skills programme. He must pay £100 compensation to the injured officer.

“We are trying to help you,” said the chairman of the Bench. “This is a real chance. There was a serious risk of custody.”