Shocking moment man smashes digger into the home of his brother's ex – causing £28,000 worth of damage | The Sun

THIS is the shocking moment a man drunkenly stole a digger and crashed it into the home of his brother's ex.

Mark Holmes, 56, rammed his son's JCB into Paula Brown's home in Blackwood, South Wales, in a revenge attack over a family bust up, a court heard.

Holmes, from Caerphilly, South Wales, "completely lost self control" when he went on the rampage in November last year, causing £28,000 of damage.

Footage of the attack was filmed by workmen in a nearby van.

It showed Holmes holding his phone as he rams into the building, which Paula was in at the time with her son.

Prosecutor James Evans told Newport Crown Court: "Paula Brown is the ex-partner of the defendant's brother and it seems the relationship had become strained between Mrs Brown and the defendant.


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"At 1pm Mrs Brown was sat with her son in the front room of her home. She saw the JCB vehicle enter her street. She saw it drive into her Ford Focus outside her sitting room.

"There were numerous attempts with the JCB to do damage. He reversed repeatedly."

He added that Paula confronted Holmes, at which point he hit her with the digger's arm, resulting in bruising to her leg.

In a statement, Paula said: "I was scared for mine and my son's life. I thought he was going to kill me."

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The court heard that he then drove to the local police station and confessed to drunk driving and taking the vehicle without permission.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, damaging property, dangerous driving and drink driving.

However, he denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm, instead admitting the lesser charge of battery.

Defending Holmes, Marion Lewis said: "It seems to be a culmination of family problems, misunderstandings and disagreements which have come to a head.

"He has borne these burdens. Burdens of his brother's relationship, burdens of caring for his wife, burdens of caring for his children.

"He completely lost his self control and for that he is truly remorseful."

Judge Duncan Bould sentenced him to 16-months in prison, suspended for two years.

He said that the attack involved "elements of revenge", but accepted Holmes' remorse, saying he escaped custody "by a whisker".

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The attacker must also wear an alcohol abstinence monitoring tag for 120 days and complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was slapped with a ten-year restraining order and a three-year driving ban, at the end of which he will have to pass an extended test to regain his licence.

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