Abusive foul-mouthed thief banned from contacting his pregnant partner

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A foul-mouthed man who was asked to move out by his pregnant partner and went on an abusive rampage around her home has narrowly been spared from jail.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, July 27, that Brian Green, 50, of Heanor, had been living with Leah Bamford at Belper when she asked him to move out after her daughter Alex had returned from university.

But prosecuting solicitor Lynn Manning explained how Green unleashed a verbal tirade at both his partner and her daughter with frightening threats before leaving and returning to the property and damaging a lamp.

Ms Manning said: “The complainant had been in a relationship with the defendant for five months but when the complainant’s daughter returned Green took a dislike to her.

“The mother and daughter had gone out one time and Green didn’t like it and had been asking why Leah Bamford wasn’t spending time with him and he would lose his temper and get angry.

“On July 1 she asked him to leave but he blamed Alex and swore and called her a ‘devil child’ and he was storming around the house and banged on Alex’s door.

“The police were called and this wound him up and he said he would ‘put a bullet in Alex’s head’.”

Ms Manning added that as Green was leaving he swore at Leah Bamford and further insulted both her and her daughter.

The complainant told how she subsequently received 27 phone calls from Green and she eventually answered to ask the defendant to leave them alone.

But Green returned that same day, according to Ms Manning, and was kicking a door and he picked up a brick to throw at a window and smashed a lamp.

Green, of Derby Road, Heanor, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and causing damage as well as common assault based on the verbal abuse targeted at Alex Bamford.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tomlinson said the relationship with Leah Bamford had been good but he admitted having a temper and he had been asked by her to move out because of his relationship with Alex.

Green also pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of wine and a Bag for Life from a Co-op store, on Strutt Street, at Belper, on March 25.

He also admitted fraud after he picked up two boxes of wine on May 28 at a Co-op, on Maple Avenue, Ripley, and pretended he had bought them and got a refund for £35.

Green also pleaded guilty to an attempted fraud when he returned to the same store on the same day and tried to get a further refund for more wine that he had not bought.

Magistrates stated that the domestic incident had been aggravated by Green’s previous convictions and that Leah Bamford had been a vulnerable, pregnant victim with his child.

They sentenced Green to 12 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £530.84 in costs, a victim surcharge and compensation. Magistrates also imposed a two-year restraining order on Green.