Young dad threatened to kill ex

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A young dad kicked in his ex-partner’s door and threatened to kill her when he turned up at 8am after an all-night drinking session, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Ryan Heys (21) seemed to have red eyes and was “gurning,” when the victim was awoken by banging on the door and looked out of the window of her Burnley home.

She told police Heys, who she thought was under the influence of something, had demanded to be let in, was verbally abusive and told her to go and hang herself. After she refused his request, he booted in a UPVC panel on the door and confronted the victim.

The hearing was told the defendant, who says he can’t handle his drink, threatened to smash the woman’s head in, blocked her path and told her he would kill her. Police arrived and he was arrested and put in a secure van.

Heys, of Oxford Road, Burnley, admitted damaging the front door on April 16th.

The defendant, who had no previous convictions, was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He also received a 12 month restraining order, banning him from entering the victim’s street and from contacting the victim.

Richard Taylor, in mitigation, told the court: “The defendant is most embarrassed and ashamed about his appearance today and wishes me to apologise for his behaviour.”

Mr Taylor said Heys had been drinking all night and got it into his head he wanted to see his daughter.

The solicitor added: “Stupidly, he went round about 8am. He has paid for the damage. He co-operated with police.