Thug flips ex-girlfriend's caravan with tractor

Thug flips ex-girlfriend's caravan with tractor

A jilted lover has been jailed after he deliberately crashed a tractor into his ex-girlfriend's caravan, flipping it while she slept inside.

Alexander Brown then continued his late-night harassment as he slashed the tyres of petrified Carolyn Picton's car while she scrambled to safety with her pet Fox Terrier Astor via the window of the mobile home.
She was left dazed and disorientated by her ordeal but managed to escape without suffering serious injury.

Brown fled as the holiday caravan park owner rushed to the scene to help. Brown was arrested 12 hours later when he was found hiding in a field near the scene at Beacon Cottage Farm Touring Park in St. Agnes, Cornwall.

Ms Picton, 56, told a court: "I heard the roar of the engine then the caravan was thrown through the air.

"A microwave just missed me. I could have been killed."

Truro Crown Court also heard how Ms Picton had a six-month relationship with Brown as they both worked at the same holiday park.

Police warned him away after the relationship turned sour and he began pestering Picton.

The court was told how he started drinking heavily and began to pester her, knocking on her door and bombarding her with "repeated, unwelcome texts" for ten months.

The mobile home was damaged so badly after the incident it had to be scrapped.

Brown admitted damaging property and to slashing all the tyres on her Citroën Nemo.

Judge Graham Cottle said Brown, of St Agnes, was a "danger to any woman he has a relationship with". The thug, who had previous convictions for domestic violence, was jailed for six years and given a four-year extension period, meaning he will remain on licence for four further years after his release.

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman said: "Due to the circumstances under which these crimes were committed, the CPS flagged them as domestic violence and the judge uplifted the sentence from six years to ten to reflect this."
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