ANGERED after looking at Facebook messages on his former partner's phone, an Isle of Wight man threw the device out of a window and became verbally abusive towards her, a court heard.

Damian Warde, 21, of Wroxall Close, Northwood, admitted one charge of common assault, one of criminal damage and a further charge of obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty, when he appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Monday.

The court was told the woman had been in a relationship with Warde for about a year.

It broke down, but they continued to see one another on an irregular basis.

On October 29, the woman received a text message from him asking to come to her house and she agreed to let him in.

The court heard, he later asked to borrow her phone and began to check her Facebook messages, seeing one from a male friend.

The message made him angry and he broke the screen before throwing the phone out of the window, said Ann Smout, prosecuting.

Warde continued to verbally abuse her and then threw over a chest of drawers.

At some point, a laptop, had its screen smashed.

The woman's mother appeared outside the bedroom door and warned Warde she was going to call the police.

She heard Warde say 'I am going to kill you, look at what you have made me do'.

For Warde, Barry Arnett said his client fully accepted his culpability and did not justify what had happened.

He said: "He wishes the young lady every success for the future."

Warde was sentenced to a 12 month community order and told to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was also told to pay £345 compensation, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £85.