Ambulance worker harassed estranged wife

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An ambulance worker has admitted harassing his estranged wife after she ended their relationship.

Magistrates heard how Paul Holmes, 48, of Worcester Avenue, Leyland, failed to leave his wife Elisabeth alone, even after being given a police caution. He was eventually arrested after pulling up alongside his wife as she went shopping and told her he would slash her throat by the end of the week, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to harassment before Blackburn magistrates and was remanded on bail for a pre-sentence report.

The couple separated in July and Mrs Holmes told police her husband had assaulted her in the past, but she had not reported the incidents, because she didn’t want him to lose his job. She said incidents had continued even after police cautioned him.

Liz Parker, defending, said Holmes had recently lost his father and, while his wife had supported him through the funeral, she then told him she was having a relationship with someone else.

Holmes was remanded on bail with a condition not to approach his wife or her home in Blackburn.