Smashed front door with mallet

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

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A man who drove from Chesterfield to Buxton to confront his friend and former employee and then smashed his front door in with a mallet has been spared jail.

Trevor Davies was at his Buxton home at just after 11pm on November 12 when he heard a loud bang, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

He looked out of the window and saw Jonathan Michael Murcott standing outside, shouting at him to come down, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Mr Davies refused and Murcott went to his car and took out a mallet, which he began swinging at the door, smashing one of the glass panels. He then reached his head and arm through the hole and grabbed hold of Mr Davies’ wife Katy by her dressing gown and shoved her into the wall.

Murcott continued shouting and threatening to kill Mr Davies before police arrived.

In interview, Murcott said he had known Mr Davies since the pair were teenagers and had given him a job at his company. But after Mr Davies left the company earlier this year, Murcott believed he had stolen the customer database and taken it with him. Mr Davies denies the allegation, Mr Cooper said.

Murcott, 43, of Cleveland Way, Chesterfield, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage.

Lisa Tinsley, defending, said Murcott would not normally behave in the way he did on that night.

“He gave Mr Davies a job in his business but feels that he has been constantly undermined to the point where the business has lost a considerable amount of money due to Mr Davies’ actions.

“It has not only affected the business, it has affected his family life.”

Murcott was jailed for eight weeks, suspended for 12 months. He must complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 compensation to Mrs Davies and £500 compensation for the damage to the door.