Jealous lover’s ram-raid revenge

The 4x4 that was driven into Rinaldi's Italian  restaurant in Wakefield.
The 4x4 that was driven into Rinaldi's Italian restaurant in Wakefield.
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A jealous drunk caused £120,000 worth of damage to an Italian restaurant after hearing its owner was dating the mother of his children, a court heard.

Failed property developer Christopher Brassington used a 4x4 to ram the front of the business in Wakefield. Brassington’s lawyer yesterday described the incident at Rinaldi’s restaurant as being reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino film.

Matthew Harding, prosecuting, said Brassington and pal Nigel Coxan had about six pints of lager when talked turned to their relationships.

The friend told Brassington that the mother of his children was believed to be having a relationship with the owner of Rinaldis, Glynn Margrave.

Brassington, a banned driver, took his friend’s Toyota Hilux and the pair drove to the restaurant. Mr Harding said: “Thee only words he spoke during the journey were, ‘I’m sorry’ and then accelerated towards the windows of Rinaldis.”

The passenger recalled glass shattering and table and chairs scattering. The vehicle went inside before stopping after hitting a post supporting the ceiling. Smoke was still coming from the rear wheels as Brassington still had his foot on the accelerator. A breath test later revealed he was more than double the drink drive limit.

Brassington, of Hall Ing Lane, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving with excess alcohol, criminal damage and no insurance. The court heard Brassington had previous convictions for drink-driving. Johnny Walker, mitigating, said Brassington had a number of mental health issues.

Judge Shaun Spencer, QC, deferred sentence for six months to give Brassington the chance to address his problems and prove he can stay crime free.

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