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.
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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