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Derek Wellington reversed into the home twice inflicting irreparable harm (Image: Mirrorpix) A trucker who...
Lorry driver destroyed girlfriend's home by smashing into it during drunken rage
Derek Wellington reversed into the home twice inflicting irreparable harm (Image: Mirrorpix)

A trucker who destroyed his former girlfriend’s home by intentionally reversing into the entrance of it has been jailed for 10 years.

Derek Wellington, 34, flew right into a rage when Sara Cassidy refused to see him and known as her as much as berate her, screaming amid a torrent of abuse: ‘I’m going to park my lorry in your front room.’

The High Court in Stirling heard Ms Cassidy begged him to not come to her residence as there have been youngsters inside and supplied to fulfill him close by.

However when she noticed him flip the nook in his HGV she ran again inside simply earlier than the home was ‘caved in’ by a crash that sounded ‘like an earthquake’.

The courtroom heard Wellington brought on £475,000 price of harm after wrecking each Ms Cassidy’s and a neighbour’s houses late on September 6 final yr.

The choose, Lord Armstrong, additionally famous that his ex-girlfriend additionally misplaced all her belongings, totalling £25,000.

Wellington, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, admitted a string of fees together with culpable and reckless endangerment of lives.

Lord Armstrong mentioned that ‘bearing in mind the grave penalties’ of his actions, the variety of folks affected, the influence on their lives, and the monetary loss, there was no different to a custodial sentence.

Ms Cassidy’s residence was destroyed (Image: Mirrorpix)

The courtroom was instructed that Wellington, who has 24 earlier convictions, was on bail on the time with a situation to not go close to the mum-of-two.

It was imposed after he headbutted her and pinned her to a wall at a resort the month earlier than.

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However he flouted the order by repeatedly ringing her on the day of the crash and demanding to fulfill her.

Lisa Gillespie QC, prosecuting, mentioned Wellington ‘took umbrage’ when Ms Cassidy refused – shouting, swearing and calling her obscene names.

She went on: ‘Throughout these calls, he said he was going to come back spherical and smash or ram his lorry into her residence. He mentioned he was ‘going to park his lorry’ in her front room.

‘She instructed him on no account was he to come back to the home as a result of there have been youngsters there. He said he was coming spherical anyway.’

Wellington’s HGV bearing the harm (Image: Mirrorpix)

The prosecutor mentioned Ms Cassidy tried to calm Wellington by agreeing to fulfill him on the road close by.

However she panicked when she was him in his truck, with Ms Gillespie telling the courtroom: ‘She was terrified due to his earlier threats and ran again to her home.

‘As she did, she heard a loud banging noise and home windows smashing. Wellington then drove previous her once more away from the road.’

Ms Cassidy broke down and have become hysterical when she discovered her housing affiliation residence ‘caved in’.

Police arrived to discover a scene of destruction, with quite a few residents out on the road.

Ms Cassidy was on the telephone to Wellington when one officer spoke to her and he was overheard threatening to ‘come again to complete it’, including: ‘I instructed you I used to be going to ram it into your own home.’

The courtroom heard occupants of seven homes needed to be evacuated that night time.

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These in 4 of the properties had been later in a position to return, however the harm to Ms Cassidy’s residence and that of her subsequent door neighbour was so unhealthy that they needed to be demolished.

Solicitor-advocate Iain Paterson, defending, mentioned Wellington was ‘remorseful’ and had genuinely believed that there was no-one in the home on the time.

He mentioned Wellington had been an HGV driver ‘for a decade or so’ and the incident would possibly imply he may by no means return to the career.

Mr Paterson mentioned: ‘If he may flip again the clock he would.’

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