Teenage Hartlepool dad-to-be who threatened neighbours is spared jail

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A DAD-TO-BE was spared jail a fortnight before the birth of his first baby.

Joshua Dack, 19, was in breach of a suspended prison sentence for drugs offences when he arrived at Teesside Crown Court to be sentenced for threatening his girlfriend’s neighbours.

But the judge said the latest offence in Hartlepool did not merit bringing the six months jail term into effect.

Dack was given the suspended sentence at Teesside Crown Court last June for production and possession of cannabis after he was caught with 29 plants and 54 seedlings and some cannabis residue.

In the latest case, Emma Atkinson, prosecuting, told the court Dack’s girlfriend’s neighbours in Masefield Road, Hartlepool, had been having trouble for nine months and there were plans for mediation between the families.

The wife was at home on July 18 when Dack shouted from the garden: “He’s a grass, and your house is going up.”

She called the police, and a neighbour heard him shout “I’m going to kill you” and “your house is going up tonight”. Another man also heard the shouted threats.

Mark Styles, defending, said that Dack and his girlfriend, who was in court supporting him, had since moved from the area, he had a part-time job, and she was expecting his first child in a fortnight.

Judge Howard Crowson told Dack: “This was appalling behaviour which if you do it again might result in a quite serious sentence.

“The only reason I am not imposing the suspended sentence is that I am persuaded that it does not merit it.”

Daxck, of South Parade, Hartlepool, was given a 12-month community order with supervision, 80-hours unpaid work and an electronically-tagged one month curfew between 9pm and 7am and £250 costs.

He was also given a restraining order until December 31 banning contact with the family after he pleaded guilty to threatening words and behaviour and a breach of a suspended sentence.