A Stroud couple’s night out in a Gloucester hotel turned into a huge row which ended with the man being arrested after he damaged his partner’s phone, hair straighteners and clothes, a court heard yesterday.
Thomas Fletcher, 28, of Robins Close Devonshire Crescent, Stroud, admitted a charge of criminal damage to his partner’s property on 12th June this year and was fined £600 at Gloucester crown court.
Judge Paul Cook also issued a restraining order barring Fletcher from going to an address in Cambridge, Gloucester, for two years.
When Fletcher was first arrested after the incident at the New County Hotel in Gloucester he was also charged with false imprisonment of the woman and assaulting her.
His solicitor Sarah Jenkins argued those charges had been discontinued yet Fletcher had still spent a month in custody on remand.
She said there remained a problem for Fletcher because although criminal damage was the only outstanding charge the prison wrongly had a record that he was on remand for kidnap – a total mistake but one that was proving hard to correct, she said.
She was concerned that unless the prison records could be changed straightaway Fletcher would be kept in custody and taken back to jail after the hearing.
Judge Cook said he hoped the situation could be remedied while Fletcher was at court so that he could be released.
Prosecutor Janine Wood had told the court that the couple had been in a volatile relationship for some time before the hotel incident.
They went to spend the night at the New County but ‘there was a problem from the outset’ because of their noisy arguing which disturbed other guests, she said.
“They went to their room and there was arguing and some violence between the parties. I won’t go into detail about who did what to who or who might have done what. But what did happen was that her mobile phone was cracked and her straighteners were damaged.
“Clothing she had taken to the hotel was ripped by him. “
Ms Jenkins said the offence was committed ‘on impulse’
“The relationship had been going off for some time,” she said.
“Everyone except Mr Fletcher could see that the relationship that was not good for either of them. Both sets of parents had banned the other partner from their homes.
“Hence on this night they went to a hotel to continue their liaison. He has now had four weeks inside to reflect on this relationship not being a positive one for him.
“She did make other serious allegations against him but they have been undermined.”
Passing sentence Judge Cook told Fletcher he had disrupted the lives of other people who had paid to be at the hotel that night.
He said he deemed the £600 fine to have been paid by virtue of Fletcher being locked up for a month.
“You have apparently been remanded mistakenly on an allegation of kidnap – the court will look into that and make contact with the prison to try to stop you being further remanded in custody. You are now to be released,” the judge concluded.