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Jason Ross of Penryn in court for trashing mother-in-laws Falmouth home

By WBgdavies  |  Posted: April 09, 2013

Jason Ross has admitted trashing his mother-in-laws home

A woman whose Falmouth home was trashed by a relative has been left terrified.

Shirley Lower came home in January to find a "scene of utter devastation".

Furniture had been smashed, glass was strewn everywhere, there was red wine on the floor and walls and sentimental items destroyed.

Her son-in-law Jason Ross had also left an abusive note saying the power had been turned off.

Ross, 33, of Alderwood Parc, Penryn, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared at Truro Magistrates last week.

He and Mrs Lower's daughter had been living at the house in Noweth Place, but left after difficulties arose.

Prosecutor Alison May said
"She (Mrs Lower) found it very difficult to clean up and make the house safe."

Mrs Lower, understood that the trouble had been caused by her Ross, who had blamed her for the couple having to move out.

"She is frightened of what may happen in the future and does not want him near her or her home" said Ms May.

She said the kitchen floor and living room were a sea of glass, glass, the television smashed and items of sentimental and historical value in her bedroom were destroyed.

The damage was more than £1500, £1,053 belonging to Mrs Lower and £536.77 belonging to Cornwall Housing Limited, which owns the property.

Ross also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance.

Ms May said on January 7 when the offences took place a witness had reported Ross at 9pm for driving at excessive speed and driving on the pavement before swerving in the road.

 Ross called the police himself to report the offence and a breath test registered 71 mcg, more than twice the limit.

 He was disqualified from driving in 2003 until he passed a driving test, which he had not done.

Defence solicitor Fred Howell said Ross had no recollection of the events, but accepted the evidence before the court.

He had a history of not remembering and alcohol featured in it together with an element of mental illness.

Community psychiatric nurse Bill Trotter said Ross had a history of depressive and anxiety disorders and was taking anti-depressants.

 Since these offences he had stopped drinking.

The case was adjourned a probation report and Ross was given interim driving disqualification.

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