Sacked window cleaner took revenge on his boss

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A window cleaner took revenge on his former boss by smashing windows on three of his vans with a hammer after he was dismissed, a magistrates’ court was told.

Jonathan Yates was annoyed because he believed his ex-employer had let him go as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Yates, 26, of Lindsay Court, New Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to causing damage when he appeared before the court.

He was sentenced to a four-week tagged curfew from 10pm to 6am and ordered to pay £180 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said the incident happened on February 6 this year at about 11pm.

He told the court Yates broke windows on three vans belonging to his former boss, causing an estimated £2,000 of damage.

Yates told police when interviewed that he was feeling very emotional at the time because he felt he had been sacked without reason.

Martin Hillson, defending, said Yates had joined the Army at 17 and spent almost a decade in the military, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When he left the Army last year he had difficulties adapting to civilian life and had a number of jobs in that time.

In October the 
complainant told Yates he was having trouble getting appropriate staff for his window cleaning business and he took the defendant on.

In January, without notice, or a proper explanation, Yates was dismissed despite no customers appearing to be dissatisfied with his work.

He had debts and at the time of the offence was suffering from depression.