A YOUNG dad who smashed his way through his partner’s kitchen door with an axe after he was locked in during a fall-out, has been spared jail.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Philip Bell (20) walked back towards the kitchen, threw the axe on the floor and went into the garden, where one of victim and partner Demi Lord’s friends had gone to seek refuge.
The defendant had sorted out the damage he had caused and he and Miss Lord were back together after she had forgiven him.
Judge Beverly Lunt slammed Bell’s behaviour as disgraceful and ridiculous.
The defendant, of Cardigan Avenue, Burnley, had admitted affray and damage. He was given an 18-month community order, with 18 months’ supervision and an anger management programme. Bell must also pay £300 costs.
Judge Lunt warned him: “If you breach this order, I am going to send you to prison, no matter how forgiving she might be.”
Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said that Bell had earlier been ejected from the house by police after a row, when Miss Lord had called the police.
But he returned just before midnight and pleaded to be let back in. She had a couple of friends round, he came in and was upset because the group was smoking and his child was upstairs in bed. A male friend squared up to the defendant, Bell went into the kitchen and Miss Lord, thinking he was going to get a weapon, shut him in.
Mr Philip Holden (defending) said that he had a good job. Bell had fixed the door himself and went the next day to tell Calico, the housing association, what he had done.