Man jailed for rampage

Gareth Rugg
Gareth Rugg

A MAN slammed a wooden stick repeatedly through the ground-floor windows of a Driffield house before smashing windows, windscreens and lights on two parked cars, a court heard.

Gareth Rugg, 31, who has committed 236 offences and had 71 court appearances, reacted furiously when he turned up at a house and asked the occupier to get his girlfriend.

He was told she did not live there but he repeated: “Get Chloe out here now or I will smash all your windows.”

The householder called the police in panic and could hear her windows being smashed one-by-one as she was on the telephone.

The woman described Rugg’s attack as a 20-minute rampage, Crown barrister Claire Reed told Hull Crown Court.

Initial damage was estimated at £9,000. He had also smashed the windscreens, the quarter lights and headlamps on two cars.

Rugg, a fisherman, formerly of Great Meadow Road, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching his Anti-Social Behaviour Order, criminal damage and breach of the peace on July 18 and July 19 and appeared in custody for sentence.

His girlfriend, whose name he has tattooed on his arm, watched him in court.

It was his seventh breach of the ASBO. The court heard that on July 18 the catalyst for his rampage was an appearance at Hull Crown Court.

He walked free after the judge decided to defer sentence on his breach of a suspended sentence for not going to live in Wales for 12 months.

A delighted Rugg met a long-time associate at court and went on a drinking session, at first in Hull. Then the pair caught the train to Beverley, then finally to Driffield where Rugg went in search of his girlfriend in the early hours of July 19. The court was told a condition of his ASBO was he was not allowed to drink in licensed premises in Hull – which he broke within minutes of walking out of Hull Crown Court.

On hearing of his 236 offences, Judge Micheal Mettyear said: “It is one of the worst records I have seen in my life.”

Barrister John Thackray said Rugg had a wretched childhood and now did not wish to associate with his family. He said Rugg had battled with drink to overcome his problems.

He said on July 18 he had been alcohol free for some time and it went to his head at a time when he had been “doing extremely well”.

Judge Michael Mettyear told Rugg: “You are 31 and are saying what happened when you were a child has affected you now. It is another excuse. You have no self control.

“I don’t hold out any hope for the future. This was disgraceful behaviour.”

He jailed him for a total of 13 months. Rugg left court after shouting to his girlfriend in the public gallery to make a complaint about a family member.