A mom was left terrified after a lout threw tins of potatoes at her home then brandished an axe and uttered arson threats.
William Storey had fallen out with the girl’s accomplice within the months main as much as the offending.
After the potatoes failed to interrupt the home windows, the 59-year-old threatened he would burn down the home then “shouted and remonstrated” with strangers on the street whereas armed with the axe.
The mum mentioned in a sufferer assertion learn to Newcastle Crown Court: “I’m completely terrified in consequence of this man’s behaviour in the direction of me.
“I’m sick from it, fearful sick.
“I’m scared of taking my youngsters to highschool because the route is previous his home.
“I can not sleep and I can not relaxation. I sleep downstairs on the couch with a bucket of water subsequent to the letter field, able to put out fires, to guard my youngsters.
“He has no proper to make me really feel like this, I simply need this to cease.”
Kate Barnes, prosecuting, advised the court docket there had been “difficulties” within the two to a few months earlier than May 28 final 12 months.
Miss Barnes advised the court docket: “The issues, she thinks, stemmed from an argument he had with her accomplice on an earlier event.
“Matters got here to a head on May 28 when she heard banging noises coming from downstairs.
“She found Mr Storey had thrown three tins of potatoes at her downstairs home windows, thankfully inflicting no injury.
“Her accomplice went exterior to problem Mr Storey.”
The court docket heard Storey left the world however returned some time later, with a service bag.
Miss Barnes added: “He held the service bag up in the direction of their home and faraway from it an axe.”
The court docket heard the mum’s accomplice was at an upstairs window and shouted for Storey to go away.
Miss Barnes mentioned; “At that time she heard Mr Storey saying he was going to burn down the home.”
Storey’s behaviour was caught on CCTV and confirmed him holding an axe as he crossed again and ahead onto the highway, shouting and remonstrating with passers-by.
Miss Barnes added: “He used the axe to whack a lamp submit and bin.”
Storey, of West Lodge Cottages, Ashbrook, Sunderland,, admitted tried legal injury, possessing a bladed article, threatening legal injury and a public order offence.
Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced him to 13 months behind bars and imposed a five-year restraining order to maintain him away from the mum’s home.
The choose advised him: “You had been clearly performing erratically and unpredictably.
“In her sufferer assertion she mentioned ‘it was terrifying, this has made me fearful and sick, I’ve been fearful about my youngsters, I’ve been jumpy and anxious, I simply need all this to cease’.”
Jamie Adams, defending, mentioned the difficulty stemmed from Storey accusing the girl’s accomplice of dealing medication, which isn’t accepted by the prosecutors.
Mr Adams added: “Thankfully, he has accomplished one thing about this, in that he and his accomplice have moved out of the world and so they have gone to a a lot quieter half of Sunderland.
“There has not been any additional incidents at all.”