Man jailed for breaking in and covering belongings in paint
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 May 2019
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
A Weston man who was kicked out of a house for painting swastikas on walls has been jailed after returning with four others to trash the property.
Carl Satterly, aged 23, had spent a few days living at Mark Churchill's home in Yatton.
However, after being caught defacing walls with pictures of swastikas, Mr Churchill left Satterly's belongings outside the flat and told him 'he was not welcome back'.
Satterly, of Allans Way, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to burglary with intent to cause damage.
Prosecutor Julian Howells told the court: “The defendant returned on March 3 asking to come in but was refused. He responded by telling the victim 'he would be back and would smash the windows in'.
“A short time later the defendant and four others pulled up in a red people carrier. Mr Churchill, in fear, locked up his flat and left.”
The quintet entered and exited the block of flats through the back and, when Mr Churchill returned, found his front door had been damaged and kicked in.
Mr Howells added: “Emulsion paint had been thrown over the living room windows and smashed. Paint had also been thrown over other windows, floor, furniture and clothes.
“Mr Churchill went to his neighbours (in Mendip Road) to call the police. The neighbour had witnessed some of the incident later saw the vehicle at the shop.
“When police got to the shops, the vehicle had gone.
“The neighbour said Mr Churchill had become mixed up in the wrong crowd recently and people were often going to the flat of late, which made him worry.”
Satterly was picked up by police on Winterstoke Road in Weston later that same day.
Simon Cooper, defending, spoke of the defendant's troubled past after leaving school with no GCSEs, A-levels or career prospects.
He added: “He is a young man with a number of issues which he will need to address at some point. He lacks thinking skills and behaves in a knee-jerk reactive manner.”
Judge Julian Lambert sentenced Satterly to 18 months in prison for the 'serious offence'.
He said: “You had a choice that day, and what you did was deliberate. Another vulnerable man was left hugely intimidated.”
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.