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Jealous Haslingden man terrorised 'ex'
2:40pm Friday 20th December 2013 in News
A JEALOUS father-of-four almost booted in his kickboxing wife’s door in when he thought a bruise on her neck was a love bite, a court heard.
Lee Peel, 36, who had split up with Tracey Peel, his partner of almost 20 years, just weeks before, demanded to know who she had been with and shouted: “If I find out who it is, I will blow his head off.”
Burnley magistrates heard Peel, who has been to jail for wounding, was said by the victim to be in a rage. He struck in front of the children.
The hearing was told he was so distraught over the break-up of his nine-year marriage, he was on medication for stress and anxiety and was now working part-time instead of a full week.
The defendant, of Bury Road, Haslingden, admitted causing £150 criminal damage on December 10.
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and must pay £150 compensation, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
The bench told him they took on board the break-up in October had a big impact on his life. The chairman added: “However, there is no excuse for your course of action. Violence and bad language in front of your children, that’s totally and wholly unacceptable."
Enza Geldard, prosecuting, said Mrs Peel, who lives at Hillside Road, Haslingden, had come back from collecting children from school when she was confronted by the defendant, who accused her of having a love bite. She is a kick boxer and told him it was a bruise.
He put his foot in the door as she tried to close it and the defendant repeatedly kicked the door.
Mrs Peel, who has a domestic violence panic button, was terrified he was going to hit her. Peel banged on the door, and kicked it so hard, the wood broke.
Police arrived not long after.
Janet Sime, for Peel, said: “When he saw police had attended, he handed himself in and made full and frank admissions.”
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