A jealous lover who cut the moorings of a millionaire’s boat because he thought he was having an affair with his girlfriend has been told by a judge that he “must get help”.
David Taylor set the vessel, worth £450,000, adrift on the River Tyne while owner Michael Hay and Taylor’s partner Hannah Brookes were obliviously chatting onboard.
The 54-year-old then also cut free Mr Hay’s smaller, unmanned boat, from its mooring nearby on Newcastle’s Quayside , sending it floating down towards Ouuseburn.
A court heard that, as Mr Hay frantically tried to get his 60ft vessel under control, he was forced to watch helplessly as his £100,000 Sealine 38 drifted past him, bouncing along the side of the river.
The police, firefighters and officials from the Port of Tyne were called to the scene and eventually managed to secure the unmanned boat, but more than £11,000-worth of damage had been caused, prosecutors said.
Former fireman Taylor…