Man ordered to pay £715 for keying ex's car

A man who '˜vented his anger' by keying his ex-girlfriend's car was ordered to pay her £400 to cover the damage.


Paul Fryer, of The Avenue, Whyteleafe, in Surrey, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The court heard how his ex-girlfriend dropped him off at The Nags Head pub in Chichester on December 16 last year when the incident occured.

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According to solicitor Chris Chatterton, she allegedly said ‘something very personal’ which led to Fryer scratching the passenger door of her black Mini Cooper with a key after he got out.

They had been in a relationship for two years, the court heard.

It also heard how the 46-year-old left her a voicemail after the event to apologise for his actions – but only admitted to police he was responsible after they played the voicemail back to him.

Fryer was also ordered to pay the court £315 and was given a restraining order to not contact his ex-partner in any way or visit her address.

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