Dad scared son and smashed way into home

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man terrified his former girlfriend and their young son when he smashed a window with a cup to get into their home.

Wayne Jones ran round shouting “where is he” and looked under beds and in cupboards despite being told by his son “dad there’s no-one here.”

Jones, 38, of Cypress Avenue, St Annes, pleaded guilty to using violence to enter his ex’s address on Moorland Road, St Annes.

He was sentenced to a 12 weeks jail suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £200 compensation with a £150 court charge plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Jones was also put on a 12-month restraining order which bans him from contact with his ex except through a solicitor about child access and prohibits him from going to his ex’s home or workplace at a St Annes fish and chip shop.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Jones’s ex was asleep in a bedroom with her son when she was woken by banging on June 28 at 4.30am. Jones was hitting a patio door and told her “Open the window or else I’m going to smash it.”

She ran to phone police as Jones smashed the glass and climbed in. He broke a cupboard door off as he searched the address.

In a victim’s impact statement Jones’s ex said: “I have had enough of his behaviour. Our son is old enough to know what’s happening and I don’t want our son to see him in that state.”

When interviewed Jones told police he had gone to his ex’s in an attempt to catch her out with someone else. He added he had no mental health, drug or alcohol problems, but he was messed up because of the break-up of the relationship.

Steven Townley, defending, said since the offence Jones had kept his distance.