Father attacked house door with axe over drug dealing fears for daughter
A "CONCERNED father" who attacked the door of his former partner's home with an axe and threatened to kill the father of his daughter's baby has been spared jail.
Grimsby Crown Court heard Byron Hall, 51, of Highfield Avenue, Grimsby, had admitted affray and criminal damage following the incident at the Laceby Road property on April 11.
Andrew Bailey, prosecuting, said Wendy Hall had set up home with her daughter Jodie, Jodie's partner Sam Bowles and the couple's five-month-old son, in the hope of a "fresh start" after being "regularly assaulted during her 23-year marriage".
However, at 3am she was awoken by a text message from Hall, demanding she get the couple out of bed.
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She ignored it and further attempts from Hall to make contact, which became increasingly abusive, but was awoken again at 4.30am by a "horrific bang" – which was caused by the defendant attacking the door with an axe.
Mr Bailey told the court Hall had shouted: "Get out here now. If I get in there, I will kill you all."
Hall then began to attack Mr Bowles' car, which was parked nearby, but left as the "terrified" Mrs Hall dialled 999.
On checking the front door, the family discovered "a chunk" was missing.
Richard Hackforth, mitigating, said that following his arrest later that day Hall said he had become angry after hearing "his daughter's partner was involved in selling drugs, in which his daughter was becoming involved also" – although the allegation had not been substantiated.
Mr Hackforth said: "He tried to resolve this by speaking man-to-man with him, but got nowhere.
"The couple then had his grandchild and he got more and more upset about what he believed was going on."
He told the court that Hall had been "in drink" at the time of the incident and had since apologised to everyone involved, adding that his client did not pose a "high risk of reoffending or causing serious harm".
Sentencing him to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision and 250 hours of unpaid work, Recorder Euan Duff said the "very serious aspect" of the case was that Hall had taken an axe with him.
He added: "It is astonishing that someone of your supposed level of maturity should be indulging in this kind of behaviour."
He was also ordered to pay £600 compensation to Shoreline Housing and £500 to Mr Bowles.