A man turned nasty on a Good Samaritan and former friend who offered him shelter for a few nights, after she rebuffed his romantic feelings for her.
Michael Jordan, 47, of Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, returned her kind actions by threatening to burn her house down and damage her car.
The mum-of-two, who had been a friend of his ex-wife, was left fearing for her family’s safety after his messages turned increasingly threatening.
Matters came to a head on September 4 when she saw him tipping what she feared was paint stripper over her car, and she contacted police, Preston’s Sessions House Court heard.
He has been jailed for 11 months after admitting harassment, and Judge Graham Knowles, sitting at Preston’s Sessions House Court, imposed a restraining order.
Prosecuting, William Donnelly said: “He told her he had developed amorous feelings for her. She made it clear they were not reciprocated and asked him to make other (living) arrangements.”
The court heard two weeks later he once again made contact expressing his “feelings”.
She asked him not to have further contact with her.
But over the next few months bombarded with phone and text messages.
Mr Donnelly said: “By the end of August into September, matters had escalated to the stage where he was becoming threatening and abusive.
Defending, Nick Kennedy explained he had learning difficulties and said: “He has a bad record, there’s no doubt about that.
“It appears he became besotted with her.”