Drunken 40-year-old smashes roommate’s car over fears of lost dog 

Jay Crossley smashed his roommate’s car and sent aggressive text messages after he couldn’t find his dog.   (Photo: Great Southern Live )

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A FORMER labourer who smashed the windows of his roommate’s Hyundai Accent has been sentenced to a 10-month community-based order.

Albany Magistrates Court heard Jay Crossley plead guilty to a destruction of property charge and one count of making a threat to unlawfully act.

Police Prosecuting Sgt Alan Dean said Mr Crossley had been drinking scotch on April 5 in Ocean Beach and became distressed just after 4pm when he couldn’t find his dog.

The 40-year-old believed his roommate had taken his pet and sent him a number of aggressive text messages.

One of the messages said: “I’ll f***ing kill every c*** if I don’t get my dog back”.

Sgt Dean said Mr Crossley went on to “trash the house” in anger. 

Mr Crossley’s defence lawyer said her client considered his dog “family”.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said the 40-year-old’s reaction to the situation was cause for concern.

“Your actions were born of you drinking too much alcohol,” she said.

“The other person was frightened, that’s what matters.”

Mr Crossley’s community-based order includes 40 hours of community work, supervision and alcohol programs.

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