A thug visited a recently released convict’s house for a ‘potential revenge attack’ but ended up threatening his mum, a court heard.
Wesley Walmsley, of Clement Street, Accrington, went to find a man who had assaulted a colleague of his, a court heard.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Walmsley failed to find the man and made threats to his mum on two occasions.
Walmsley, 27, pleaded guilty to making threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards another person.
Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said the plea was acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service.
She told the how the incident happened on October 3 last year.
She said: “The defendant along some other got to an address on York Street in Church looking for a male who was recently released from prison for assaulting a colleague of their’s.
“It would appear they don’t find him initially and it’s alleged the defendant comes back later on and speaks to that male’s mother and it is then threats are made towards her.
“He is a man who has previous convictions for violence including allegations of affray.”
David Ryan, defending, said the facts are ‘self-explanatory’ and he deserves ‘maximum credit’ for his early guilty plea.
He told the court: “He went to look for this gentleman in question. Threats were made to his mother and again to his mother That’s the top and bottom of it. He said what he said to the lady in question. There were no other threats, no violence, no knife was used as alleged from the outset.”
Walmsley was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Recorder Michael Blakey said it was a ‘potential revenge attack’.
Sentencing, he warned the defendant: “You need to be very careful what you are doing.
“If it was a revenge attack in the future the likelihood is you would receive an immediate prison sentence.”