Man threatened to kill schoolgirl

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man petrified a schoolgirl by threatening to kill her before smashing a window at his father’s home.

Wayne Ford-Jones, 31, who is based in Scarborough but told the court he was of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody as he awaits sentence for the offences.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour and criminal damage during the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, described how Ford-Jones emerged into a field in Norton, spinning a mountain bike above his head, on Monday.

“He then threw the bike three times and jumped on it,” Miss Reeve said. “A girl, who was also in the field, felt scared, as did her friends.” Ford-Jones’s actions then became more sinister when he pointed at the girl and made a “slashing motion” to his throat.

Then, as Ford-Jones’s father, who also lives in Norton, was working in his allotment, he received a phone call from a neighbour telling him one of his windows had been smashed.

Ford-Jones was arrested and admitted to causing the damage.

The court heard that Ford-Jones had travelled to Norton from Scarborough as his family are based there.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said that his client had become estranged from his family and had become upset after travelling to Norton to visit them and arguing.

He added: “He would say he had no intention of causing any offence to anyone. He accepts he caused damage to his father’s window.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report is prepared on Ford-Jones before they decide how he will be punished.

He will be sentenced on September 28.

Chairman of the Bench Victoria Shephard warned Ford-Jones that he could be jailed.