A JEALOUS man embarked on a seven-month harassment campaign that ended with him threatening his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend with a knife.
Jason Raffle had made scores of phone calls and sent dozens of text messages to the woman between New Year’s Day and July.
The 39-year-old had been warned to stop contacting her, then on July 20, he burst into her back garden brandishing a kitchen knife with a blade estimated to be up to nine inches long.
The woman was inside the house, in Hebburn, with her cousin and new boyfriend.
Raffle, of Colwyn Parade, Hebburn, shouted that he didn’t want to cause any harm to her or her cousin, but did want to hurt her new partner.
He pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to two charges of harassment and one of possessing a bladed article.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “He went to her home, where she was with her cousin, new boyfriend and other people.
“He was told to go away and leave her alone.
“Half an hour later he came back and knocked on the back door. He had a knife, which was a black-handled kitchen knife with a blade between six and nine inches long.
“He said he wanted to hurt her new boyfriend.
“She grabbed the knife, and the blade came away from the handle.
“The police had already been called and arrived soon after to arrest him.”
District Judge John Foster said Raffle should be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.
He will appear there at a date to be fixed and was granted bail, on the conditions that he lives at an address in South Shields, does not enter Hebburn except for pre-arranged doctor’s appointments and does not contact prosecution witnesses.