A MAN shouted a threat outside his ex-partner’s home despite being subject to a non-molestation order.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim was left “distressed and anxious” by the comment made by Christopher Lee Read.

Read, 40, of Queen Street, Clayton-le-Moors, pleaded guilty to breach of the order. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge.

Janice Vallance, prosecuting, said after the couple separated in March Read would not leave his ex-partner alone.

“He made threats which she reported to the police and then applied for the non-molestation order,” said Miss Vallance. “On the night of this incident he was outside her house shouting that she was going to get it.”

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said the problem was Read lived across the road from his ex.

“He says she is not happy with him starting a new relationship and she had made her feelings known,” said Mr Taylor. “The order was made in June and he has had no contact with her despite her going out of her way to go past his house.”

Mr Taylor said on Saturday night Read had a few drinks while watching the boxing with friends. At some stage they went outside.

“He says she shouted out at him to shut up and he shouted some abuse back,” said Mr Taylor.