A man who threatened to kill a woman after telling police she was talking about him has been given a three year restraining order.
Colin Ford, 41, of The Paddock, Fulwood, Preston, appeared before Preston Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage of a security lock, threatening behaviour and using violence to secure entry into property.
He was given a community order with 12 months supervision.
The court heard in the run up to the incident, in January, Ford invited the woman into his flat for a “quiet word” and a drink but she left “quickly”.
Prosecuting, Paul Foster said on June 19, Ford complained to police that holes were being drilled in his ceiling. On June 28, at around 6pm, he was visited at home by officers and told them he felt like he was being watched and that he could hear conversations about him, but could not provide an explanation of how this could happen.
Mr Foster said: “At 8.25pm a 999 call was made by the woman’s friend. They could be heard in the background in a hysterical state. They stated Mr Ford was at the door with a metal bar making threats.”
The court heard his victim and her friend did not make an official complaint straight away, but later made a statement to police claiming she had been the victim of harrassment for the previous six months.
The magistrates bench ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge, £10 compensation and £60 costs.