Man jailed after terrorising his ex

Preston Sessions House
Preston Sessions House
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A mum and her son were subjected to a terrifying ordeal when her former partner chased and threatened them.

Daniel Dugdale, 23, of Convent Crescent, Grange Park, admitted offences of public order, criminal damage, having no insurance and breaching a suspended sentence.

The victim was stationary at traffic lights at the junction of Marton Drive and St Anne’s Road in her Audi A4 when her son shouted: “Daniel’s there.”

Preston’s Sessions House court heard they had been in a relationship for six years and separated, initially amicable, but then she felt he was pestering her for money

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said: “The defendant appeared at the side of the car. She was shocked to see him and she said he was shouting: ‘I’m going to smash you face in, burn your house down and kill you and your family’.

“The car doors were locked.

“After that he got into a white van and began to nudge forward into her vehicle causing her to get out of the car and take photos of him. The defendant then drove off.”

However as they carried on their journey home he appeared again, this time on a scooter.

Mr Parker said: “He overtook Miss Milton on the scooter which was not insured and stopped further up the road.

“He approached her vehicle, said: ‘I’m going to smash your head in’.

“She described freezing in her seat and was pleading with her son not to get out of the car. At this point he jumped onto the bonnet, shouting, and kicked the windscreen.”

The offences put him in breach of two suspended jail terms for possession of weapons.

Defending, Paul Humphries said: “He overreacted somewhat. He was trying to stop her driving off and says he put his foot on windscreen to stop her doing so, but does accept he caused damage to car.”

Dugdale has 14 convictions for 24 offences.

Recorder Shaw said: “Twice this year you have been before the courts, twice for offences involving weapons. There’s an incident involving the victim which is nasty, it’s prolonged, its abusive, it’s threatening and it involves damage to her car. Even worse, her son was present.”

Dugdale was given a 28-day jail term and must do 60 hours’ unpaid work.