Dad went on drink-drive rampage to confront mugger - but kicked down wrong door
A FATHER went on a drink-drive rampage to confront a man who mugged his wife and son.
But when Paul Blanshard arrived at the address and confronted the occupants, kicking down their front door and challenging them to a fight, he discovered he had got the wrong house.
The frightened young family called the police, who arrested Blanshard for causing damage and drink-driving.
The plumber has now been fined £1,000, banned from driving for 17 months and faces losing his job.
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Blanshard, 37, had spent the evening drinking at a barbecue with his family on June 17.
He left his wife and elder son at the party and took his toddler home to bed.
But when his family came home at 2am they were attacked and mugged in the street. Their attacker told them if they had a problem with it to come round to his house in Rensberg Street, east Hull.
Despite being twice over the drink-drive limit, Blanshard drove to confront the man.
He went to the property and kicked down the front door shouting: "I will teach you to pick on women and children."
Prosecutor Andrew Vaughan said: "The family were very frightened.
"When he drove off they took down his number plate and gave it to the police, who arrested him."
Blanshard, of Eskdale Avenue, east Hull, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and drink driving at Hull Magistrates' Court.
His solicitor Richard Fowler said: "This was extremely out of character. He was asleep in bed and woke up to the news his wife and son had been mugged and he went round to sort it out.
"The address the mugger gave was not his so he went round to the home of a completely innocent family and tried to confront them until he realised they had nothing to do with it.
"He was arrested and woke up in the cells.
"The lesson is, let the police sort out matters like this and don't take a chance if you have been drinking earlier in the day – he fell foul of both. He said he couldn't believe what he had done.
"He would like to send a letter to the people whose house it was to apologise. I don't think he could have shown more remorse to the police. He is a man who is genuinely horrified at his actions who lost his temper after seeing the state of his wife and son."
The police are still investigating the mugging.
Chair of the magistrates bench Marina Sande told Blanshard: "We have taken what happened into consideration. In total you will pay £1,250 costs. It was a very expensive barbecue, I'm afraid."
He was fined £400 for the criminal damage, ordered to pay £150 compensation to repair the door, fined £600 for drink-driving and ordered to pay a £15 victims' surcharge and £85 court costs.