A VIOLENT man who smashed his partner’s phone in a rage before stabbing it with a kitchen knife thanked a judge after being told he would be released from prison.
Dale Lendrum (34), of Clifton Avenue, Clifton, was sentenced to a 12-month community order after admitting assault and criminal damage in relation to the attack.
Lendrum, who has spent the past three months on remand after being arrested in March, told Recorder Anthony Kelbrick: “Thank you so much” after asking: “Am I going home today?” and being told he would indeed be released.
But the judge, while stopping short of imposing a restraining order in relation to the victim, warned him: “I would advise you to be very careful about your behaviour towards her.”
Recorder Kelbrick noted Lendrum, who has previous convictions for criminal damage, affray, battery and harassment, had a history of failing to obey court orders.
Mr Austin Newman, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court on Monday that the latest charges related to a row Lendrum had with his partner over something recorded on her phone, the court heard.
When interviewed by police, Lendrum — who had been on bail for a previous criminal damage offence at the time — admitted he had chased the woman around the kitchen in an effort to grab the mobile.
Mr Newman said the couple had struggled, after which Lendrum had smashed the phone with his fist before stabbing it repeatedly with a knife.
He was also charged with assault for grabbing the woman to stop her leaving the room.
Lendrum insisted he had only pulled her by her hood, but Mr Newman said the victim had given a statement — which she later withdrew out of “some compassion” for the defendant and “with regard to her own mental health problems” — that he had pulled her hair.
The court heard the woman described them as having spent time together in Rotherham bars before becoming a couple, after which Lendrum had become possessive and violent towards her, especially when drinking, when he had “a very different personality”.
Mr Newman said: “She asked him to stop or limit his drinking but discovered he had been drinking in secret and hiding the empty cans.
“He became violent towards her and the police were called out on more than one occasion.”
Recorder Kelbrick ordered Lendrum to take part in alcohol treatment and a relationships programme as well as carrying out 80 hours of unpaid work.
“This remains to be done — if you don’t do it, it’s only going to get worse for you,” the judge said.
“I see you want help with your alcohol abouse and maybe this treatment requirement will assist you.”