Jealous ex burgled and smashed up woman's home months after they split

A young man broke into his ex-girlfriend's flat and accused her of cheating on him four months after they split up. The woman was not at home when Tomas Duda entered her flat and smashed up plates and mugs, and damaged the walls, sofa, table and door.

Leicester Crown Court heard on Friday that after separating from the young woman in March last year, Duda remained friends with her mother, and had been drinking with the mother one night in September last year. During the evening, he used the mother's phone to call his ex-girlfriend, and, after having a drunken conversation with her, he also spoke with her new partner.

He fell asleep at the mother's house and got up at 10am, drank a beer and went to burgle his ex's home. Afterwards, the young woman was so frightened she was unable to stay in the flat and left the area, the court heard.

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After ransacking the flat, Duda called her landlord to apologise for the mess, which included several punch holes to the interior walls. He explained his ex-girlfriend had been "cheating" on him with another man, and said he would pay for the damage. But he later changed his mind about paying the money and told the landlord to charge the young woman instead.

He was charged by Leicestershire Police with burglary to cause damage and released on bail. But while on bail he carried out a drunken attack on a police officer in an unrelated incident. At about 10.10pm on Wednesday, April 3 this year, he was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by police at Leicester Forest East services on the M1. Duda, 23, was continuously challenging one of the officers to a fight, and the officer told him to calm down and turn away, the court was told.

As he turned, Duda, of Ellesmere Road, Braunstone, Leicester, attacked the officer, punching him hard to the left side of his face, knocking his glasses off. The officer took Duda to the ground, and as he lifted him up again to arrest him, Duda spat in his face.

During a hearing at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Friday, April 19, Duda pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker in the April incident. At the crown court hearing on Friday, Vasanti Vaitha, representing Duda, said her client was remorseful and recognised his offending was all caused by alcohol abuse, for which he had referred himself to the charity Turning Point.

Ms Vaitha said Duda was studying for an HND in business and was due to graduate this year. She said that when he burgled his ex-girlfriend's flat he had been in a "highly emotional state".

Judge William Harbage replied: "Yes. It's drunken rage and jealousy."

Commenting on the assault on the constable, the judge added: "He assaulted a police officer in an aggressive and revolting way. The officer's left jaw was grossly swollen."

The judge said he was "just persuaded" that the jail sentence could be suspended. Duda was given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years ,with 200 hours of unpaid work and 20 days spent working on programmes as directed by the probation service.

He was also given a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting the young woman.