Drunk man went to wrong house

SOZZLED Barry Coventry was ordered to pay compensation after mistakenly hammering on a woman's door at night.Coventry, of Hawke Road, Ipswich, admitted causing £100 damage to a front door of the terrified woman's flat on October 12 and obstructing police after running from them in handcuffs.

SOZZLED Barry Coventry was ordered to pay compensation after mistakenly hammering on a woman's door at night.

Coventry, of Hawke Road, Ipswich, admitted causing £100 damage to a front door of the terrified woman's flat on October 12 and obstructing police after running from them in handcuffs.

Prosecutor Patricia Doggett, said a woman woke to hear shouting at 3.45 am and ten minutes later heard banging noises on her flat door.

Ms Doggett said: "She felt scared and wondered what on earth was going on. "She could hear a male voice shouting but she could not understand what he was saying."

When she asked him what he wanted the court heard Coventry kept shouting "Peter, Peter."

Ms Doggett said: "She [The victim] felt scared and was shaking. She went to the living room and called police.

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"Coventry went back to the front door and started hitting it again.

"She was just praying the police arrived before the male got into her flat."

The incident lasted 20 minutes and left a one ft square hole on the door which needed repairs.

The court heard when he was arrested Coventry said: "I'm not going anywhere I live here" and became abusive. He was handcuffed but ran off and was found in Hawes Street.

Ms Doggett told South East Suffolk Magistrates: "He was extremely abusive and uncooperative.

"He smelt strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred."

In interview Coventry told police he was extremely drunk and was trying to get to his friend's house in Bell Close, Ipswich, but mistook the victim's address for his friend's.

John Hughes, mitigating, said: "He had gone out with a group of people and got extremely drunk and departed from the group.

"He made his way back to Bell Close in his drunken state and thought he was hammering on the door of his friend's house.

"Although he initially did not co-operate with police he did once he had sobered up."

Bench chairman Peter Page ordered him to pay £200 to the victim and £100 to Ipswich Borough Council for the damage to the door. He was also ordered to pay £43 towards prosecution costs.

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