Row lead to threats

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A dispute over money led to a threat to smash all the front windows of a Fleetwood family’s home.

Jake Gibson got involved in his girlfriend’s dispute over £20 allegedly owed for a mobile phone.

He went round to the address on Radcliffe Road, shouting and swearing.

Preston Crown Court heard the fracas took place outside, with the defendant later going on to tell the mother “All your windows are going in tonight”.

Gibson, 18, of Balmoral Terrace, Fleetwood pleaded guilty to an offence of threatening to destroy property.

A judge at the crown court placed him on 12 months supervision and told him to pay £150 costs.

Tom Lord, prosecuting, said a woman answered a knock at the door on the evening of July 7 to find a young woman there.

She was the defendant’s girlfriend and the woman’s son once went out with her sister.

The son ended up going to the door. Shouting and swearing was heard by a male voice.

A man and woman were spotted outside. The man claimed that £20 was owed by the son for a phone.

Gibson went on to tell him “Get round the back now and I’ll show you what I’m gonna do”. He pointed to windows at the front of the home and made the threat.

Beforehand, there had been an exchange between the girlfriend and the woman’s son on Facebook over the matter.

The defendant later told police he had responded aggressively when the son had threatened him.

Julie Taylor, defending, said “He is remorseful for his involvement in an argument which had not concerned him. He acted on the spur-of-the-moment.”

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