A thug who threatened to burn his ex-partner’s house down after a row over baby milk has been jailed.
Christopher Singleton was challenged by the woman at her home on Sparth Avenue in Clayton-le-Moors on April 19 this year.
Burnley Crown Court heard she was ‘concerned’ that Singleton had taken money from her purse intended for baby formula and that he had returned home ‘smelling of drink’.
Singleton, 36, was told to leave following an argument.
Jon Close, prosecuting, told the court: “The argument escalated and the defendant banging on the wall making threats he will ‘burn the house down’, the hearing was told.
The court heard how Miss Worswick left the house and was speaking to her father in the back garden when they heard a ‘bang’ noise from upstairs.
Mr Close said she went to investigate and found her bedroom door had been punched and bedside drawers had been pulled open and damaged.
The prosecutor told the court: “The defendant stated he caused that damage to save him punching the complainant.”
Singleton, who has 20 previous convictions for 35 offences, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and breaching a conditional discharge.
He was jailed for seven days, ordered to pay £100 compensation and given a six-month restraining order.
The court heard how Singleton, of Dunoon Drive, Blackburn, had already been remanded in custody for nearly seven weeks.
Anthony Parkinson, defending, said: “The relationship between the two of them would appear at times to be rather chaotic.
“They have a young child together.
“He knows he needs to deal with these situations differently to how he dealt with it on this day in question.
“Who knows what’s going to happen with the relationship now?
“The defendant’s view is it’s probably not going to get on track to the point where it once was.
“It’s clear from letters I’ve seen that there’s a great deal of feeling and love from both parties.”
Sentencing, Judge Ian Leeming QC said: “Disgracefully and frighteningly you also shouted out threatening to burn the house down.”