A JILTED lover went berserk when his girlfriend broke up with him, ripping shelves off the wall and smashing a plant pot.
John Steven Jones, of Princes Road, Ellesmere Port said he was taking back his own belongings when quizzed by police.
The unemployed 27-year-old had been asked to leave the Jacks Wood Avenue home of his then girlfriend, Katie Young, on November 3 this year when he lost his temper.
He admitted criminal damage to a wall and plant pot and assault of Ms Young.
Prosecutor Rob Youds said: “Katie Young and the defendant had been in a long-term relationship that recently ended. The defendant was unable to accept this and endeavoured to keep the relationship alive.
“When she told him to leave the defendant became angry and aggressive.
“When she attempted to stop him he pushed her with such force she fell to the ground.
“He picked up a plant pot and caused it to smash.”
Police arrested Jones at his house and he told them he was trying to take back the property that was his.
“He said the plant pot had been his and he had the right to smash it.
“Ms Young doesn’t seek compensation or a restraining order – she’s put this matter behind her and moved on.”
Becky Hay, defending, said: “He had been residing with her for a period of time and had helped her and done a lot of work on the property for her.
“He went round to see if the relationship could be salvaged.
“When it was clear there was no chance of the couple reconciling, he lost his temper.”
Jones was handed a two-year supervision order with a requirement to attend the community domestic violence programme. He was also ordered to pay £105 court costs.