A RAGING man assaulted a traffic warden who booked him as he attended a probation appointment.
Daniel Burke, 31, of Park Close, Preston, parked his van outside the offices on Avenham Street in the city as he spoke to his officer about financial difficulties.
Warden Jeremy Burke issued him with a ticket at 8.15am on December 22.
The defendant asked him to take it back and when he refused, he scrunched the note up in his fist and said: “You better do before I shove it down your throat.”
Prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, Lisa Worsley said: “He pushed the complainant to the left of his head which caused him to spin round.
“The defendant returned to probation.
“He threw the ticket in the reception and seemed angry, and tears were welling up.
“He said: ‘I’m gonna find the warden and sort it myself.”
In interview, Burke acknowledged he confronted the warden and screamed at him. The court heard in the weeks that followed, Burke began to send threatening messages to his probation officer of seven years, Scott Mayren, because he was frustrated at having no job, finances or home.
It ended in an incident in which he threatened to torch the probation office and hurt the staff.
Burke admitted harrassment and assault, putting him in breach of a suspended jail sentence for producing cannabis.
Defending, Beverley Hackett said: “Very clearly there is a mental health background going back to when he was very young, brought on by drug issues.” Recorder of Preston Anthony Russell described it as a “sad case” and sentenced him to 22 months in prison and a restraining order.