Father-of-eight deliberately rams his VW Golf into the front of his family’s home

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Moment father-of-eight deliberately rams his VW Golf into the front of his family’s home after rowing with the mother of his children over CLOTHES

  • Paul Palmer, 38, from Sunderland, rammed car into the front of his family home
  • Father had been in dispute with former partner over clothes he had left at house
  • Palmer had contacted his ex on FaceTime before turning up at the property 

A father-of-eight forced his car into the front of his family home following a disagreement over clothes with his former partner.

Paul Palmer, 38, had split with the mother of his children when he was caught on CCTV deliberately ramming the property in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, with his white VW Golf following a dispute over clothes he had left at the house.

Palmer had warned his former partner he would smash the windows when he turned up at the house a few days earlier and had sent a series of threatening messages, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The father admitted threatening to cause damage, causing criminal damage and dangerous driving in court.

Paul Palmer, 38, was caught on CCTV ramming his car into his family home in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, following a dispute with his former partner over clothes he had left 

The father-of-eight drives over the grassed area near his property and aligns himself with the home

The father-of-eight drives over the grassed area near his property and aligns himself with the home

Palmer (pictured)  admitted threatening to cause damage, causing criminal damage and dangerous driving in court

Palmer (pictured)  admitted threatening to cause damage, causing criminal damage and dangerous driving in court

On September 12, Palmer, who appeared ‘intoxicated’, contacted his ex on FaceTime before turning up at the property half an hour later.

Footage showed the father driving over the grassed area near his property and aligning himself with the home.

He then drove straight into the front of the property before reversing his vehicle and driving away from the scene.  

Prosecutor Peter Schofield told the court: ‘He drove, fairly deliberately, onto a grassed area at the side of and some distance from the property.

‘He drove over the grassed area and aligned himself with the home and drove into the front of the home.’ 

Recorder Jonathan Sandiford QC sentenced Palmer, who has been in custody on remand, to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation and programme requirements.

Palmer was also banned from driving for two years and must pass an extended test before he is allowed back behind the wheel.

The judge said Palmer was ‘selfish and immature’, had acted like a ‘petulant teenager’ and told him: ‘You did something reckless and potentially very dangerous.’

The judge said the collision was not high speed and the damage was likely to be valued at less than £5,000.

Palmer, who had tuned up to the property just a few days earlier, rams his car straight into the front of the house

Palmer, who had tuned up to the property just a few days earlier, rams his car straight into the front of the house

The father, who admitted threatening to cause damage, causing criminal damage and dangerous driving in court, reverses his vehicle and drives away

The father, who admitted threatening to cause damage, causing criminal damage and dangerous driving in court, reverses his vehicle and drives away 

The father was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Newcastle Crown Court (pictured)

The father was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Newcastle Crown Court (pictured)

He added: ‘Nobody in the house was hurt but clearly what you did was dangerous and it clearly created a great risk that someone could have been hurt.

‘When you did that you were thinking out of your pure petulant selfishness.’

Tony Cornberg, defending, said Palmer has accommodation away from the family home and the damage the father had caused to the house needed to be ‘put right, rather than reconstructed’.

Mr Cornberg added: ‘There is some work to be done and the work starts with him.’

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