A man threatened to kill and slice up his estranged girlfriend and her family before smashing his way into her home on Christmas Eve.
Paul Tebay said he had lived at the address in Colchester Road, Cleveleys, for a year previously and still paid some bills there – so he thought it would be okay to break-in because he was very cold.
Tebay, a 32-year-old welder, of Springfield Road, Kearsley, Bolton, pleaded guilty to causing damage.
Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, told the court Tebay had been speaking to his estranged girlfriend on the phone on December 23 and he threatened to kill and slice up her and her family.
She alerted police and was moved out of her Cleveleys home.
The next day she returned to collect a handbag and found Tebay in the kitchen surrounded by glass from a window he had broken.
When interviewed, Tebay said he had come in his camper van to the resort to see his young son.
He had intended sleeping in the van but it broke down and he had to leave it.
He found no-one at home and decided to break the window to get in to the address to sleep as it was very cold.
Tebay said his estranged partner had threatened him in a phone call and he retaliated.
He told the court it did not mean anything and that they were always saying things like that to each other.
Imran Majid, defending, said his client had no previous convictions. The couple had a difficult relationship and in the heat of the moment things were often said which were not meant. Tebay had firmly believed he could damage the window to get in.
Tebay was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.