Ex came calling with crossbow

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A TERRIFIED woman had to intervene after her ex-boyfriend pointed a crossbow at her new partner.

The woman was so scared Craig Slater was going to fire on her boyfriend she stepped between them in a bid to break up the fight.

Preston Crown Court heard the drama unfolded outside the woman’s home in Abbeyville, South Shore, in September, just hours after Slater warned her he was going to make her life “hell” for applying to the Child Support Agency for financial assistance from him.

Charlotte Holland, prosecuting, said the woman had reluctantly agreed to let him visit her home, but when he arrived he called her and insisted she went to the car to speak to him.

She agreed, but as she got inside noticed he had a set of knuckle dusters.

It was when her new partner came outside that trouble broke out.

Slater, 32, of Stanford Avenue, South Shore, grabbed the boyfriend round the neck and pushed him towards the house.

Slater grabbed the crossbow – which was not loaded – from his boot, followed the other man towards the house, pointing the weapon at him and ordering him to “get inside”.

Slater pleaded guilty to affray and having an offensive weapon, the knuckle duster.

He was handed an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years, on Monday.

Paul Robinson, defending, said it was financial worries which had led Slater to act as he did.

He said: “He was in a highly charged emotional state at the time.

“If anyone has learned a lesson from their involvement in the criminal justice system, then he certainly has. He is normally a hard working, tax paying family man.”

Sentencing him, Recorder Brian Cummings QC said: “This was a serious incident.

“It was a bad idea attempting to go round to your former partner’s home in an emotional and agitated state to confront her.

“It was an even worse idea when you had a knuckle duster and a crossbow.”

Slater was also handed 18 months supervision and told to pay £535 costs.

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