Care-case dad threatened to shoot social worker

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A DAD banned from seeing his daughter at Christmas threatened to shoot a social worker, a court heard.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard the girl had been taken into foster care and the dad blamed social services for them being separated over Christmas.

Magistrates were told the man, from Hebburn, said he would get a gun and shoot the social worker he blamed at home.

The father admitted making a threatening phone call.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “The social worker who became concerned for his daughter’s wellbeing is the victim in this case.

“He rang her colleague on December 9 and said he knew where she lived, and would shoot her dead, and was prepared to go to prison for it.”

Mrs Beck added that when the social worker found out, she fled her home.

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He is finding the whole situation difficult and finds the social worker very unhelpful.

“He accepts that what you have heard is what happened, but he had no intention of carrying out the threats.”

“They were said in drink, in the heat of the moment.

“He doesn’t even know where she lives, and this will not be repeated in the future.”

Magistrates gave him a 12-month conditional discharge, with £85 costs.