A MAN who damaged his partner’s home in drunken anger was later found hiding in a dog kennel, a court heard.

Jamie Woodward’s irritation at his girlfriend going out for the night with her sister, on July 27, led to him cutting up her curtains, damaging walls and doors, much left covered in blood, and slashing tyres on her sister’s car.

Nigel Soppitt, prosecuting, said on returning home to see the damage she went to challenge Woodward, who assaulted her, only to be restrained by his brothers. He was later seen carrying a large knife on the street.

Police were called and, on arrival, he discarded the knife, but was later found hiding in a dog kennel, where he slammed a door and waved a spade at the officers, before being tasered.

Woodward, 22, of Gladstone Terrace, Ferryhill, admitted assault by beating, possessing a knife in public, plus two counts each of assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.

Lewis Kerr, mitigating, said the weeks spent in custody since his arrest have been his first spell behind bars.

Judge Jonathan Carroll said his behaviour was “immature and reckless”, and he needs to, “grow up a bit”.

He passed an 11-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a three-month 8pm to 8am home curfew, 100-hours unpaid work, and 30 rehabilitation activity days supervised by the Probation Service.