A builder caused £27,000 of damage during two rampages at the home of his former partner, a court was told.
Lee Francis Pilkington ripped up flooring, smashed windows and doors, flooded the downstairs, smashed cupboards as well as ripping out showers, toilets and wires at the house he used to share with his girlfriend.
Months later he drove twice at his victim and her mother as they travelled home from work in their car in both cases missing them by inches, the prosecution claimed.
Pilkington, 43, was jailed for 16 months at Burnley Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal damage and one count of dangerous driving.
David Macro, prosecuting, said the damage had been caused to the house where Pilkington had lived with the woman on Haweswater Road in Huncoat, before they separated after he had attacked her in December. Pilkington was later given a community sentence for the attack.
In January, while on bail for the assault, Pilkington twice went to the house and caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage as well as removing furniture and a picture, the court was told.
Mr Macro added that Pilkington, now of Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, had previously made comments to his partner’s father about ‘bulldozing’ the house. The prosecution claimed that the damage was estimated by insurers at £27,300 although the defence disputed this, arguing it was closer to £10,000.
Describing the impact of both crimes on Pilkington’s former partner, Mr Macro said: “She described being very jumpy whenever she went out and was scared of running into him.
“She was scared to leave the house in case he damaged it again.”
Mr Macro said Pilkington went again to his partner’s workplace in Great Harwood on April 23 and followed her and her mother as they left in a car.
When his ex realised she was being followed she stopped and locked her doors and was preparing to call the police when Pilkington pulled his Landrover in front of her and reversed at speed, missing her car by ‘inches’, Mr Macro said.
Pilkington then drove on the wrong side of the road ‘at speed’ towards the victim’s car, swerving around it at the last minute, the prosecution claimed.
When he was interviewed about his driving Pilkington said he had reversed his car to speak to his former partner and thought better of it and then had been navigating a chicane in the road when he crossed onto the wrong side, the court was told. Daniel King, defending, said Pilkington disputed the cost of the damage he had caused and the circumstances of the dangerous driving, despite pleading guilty.
He said: “The defendant sincerely apologises for his behaviour and the distress it caused.
“When he’s at liberty to do so he will go back to live with his parents and try to reconstruct his life.”
He added that Pilkington was facing bankruptcy. Sentencing him at Burnley Crown Court, Judge Simon Newell told Pilkington the damage caused to his former home had been ‘premeditated and calculated’ and said he had a history of violence and criminal damage – although he had not committed any offences since 2006.
He added: “I accept this was occasioned by extremes of anguish and emotions to yourself but many people have gone through similar experiences without committing criminal offences.”
He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to sit an extended retest before he gets his licence back.