Thug used bat to smash up woman's car in Hanley attack
A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for smashing up a woman's car with a baseball bat.
Richard Reid followed Katie Jones's Vauxhall Corsa and carried out the attack when she pulled over to pick up a friend.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he targeted her because she was friends with his ex-girlfriend, Gemma Holford. Reid was on bail after being arrested for causing damage at Miss Holford's home when he attacked Miss Jones on May 22 last year.
The court heard Reid was a passenger in a car that followed Miss Jones's to Lock Keepers Way in Hanley, where she stopped.
Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin said: "The defendant got out of the car with a baseball bat in his hand. He smashed the windows and when Miss Jones tried to get out he kicked the door shut and aimed a blow at her, which she blocked with her foot."
Reid, formerly of Hanley but who now has an address in London, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assault.
The court heard he had previous convictions for 13 offences including the criminal damage at Miss Holford's home on May 8.
Stuart Clarkson, mitigating, said his client had a young child, and was hoping to give up his occasional work as a painter and decorator to train as a plumber.
He said: "If he wants to be a good father he simply has to change his ways, and he know that."
Judge Paul Glenn jailed Reid for a total of 22 weeks.
He told him: "It must have been a quite terrifying experience for Miss Jones and her passengers.
"When police arrived they described her as being 'extremely distressed'.
"That young lady would have plainly feared serious injury when you were wielding a baseball bat. It was a completely unprovoked assault."