Ex’s new relationship sparks baseball bat chaos on Boythorpe street in Chesterfield

A irate dad-of-two was seen brandishing a baseball bat on a Boythorpe street after discovering his former partner of 15 years was with another man, a court heard.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 3:42 pm

David Sinclair, 39, was heard asking residents on Walton Crescent if they were the new partner saying “if you know him tell him I’m going to f****** kill him.

The chaotic February 14 scene unfolded after bricklayer Sinclair - separated from his ex for a year - realised the relationship had been going on for six months without his knowledge.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard the dad-of-two had been in daily contact with his ex-partner to share parenting - however she had not disclosed the new love interest.

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The angry display was preceded by a phone call which ended with Sinclair threatening to “kill” his ex’s new partner.

Prosecutor Sarah Haslam described how the new partner phoned Sinclair - having heard he was “after him” - to talk.

After he asked the angry father “why does it matter? You’ve been broken up for a year” Sinclair threatened to break “both” of his arms and legs.

On the same day he also smashed a locked seven-foot-high garden gate at his ex-partner’s mother’s home where he pushed past his wife to see his two daughters.

The drama unfolded on Walton Crescent
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Since the incident both women described feeling “anxious”, “scared” and “vulnerable”.

However Sinclair’s solicitor Steve Brint told magistrates “you have to put this into context”.

He said: “Mr Sinclair does not seek to minimise his actions but they had been in a relationship for 15 years - they have two children from that relationship.

“The children spent the majority of their time with Mr Sinclair - they live at his address and there’s been daily communications between Mr Sinclair and his ex-partner.

“It was quite a shock that she had been seeing someone else without saying anything.”

Sinclair, of Alexandra Road West, admitted sending a communication conveying a threat, possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage and assault.

A magistrate told him: “You had an offensive weapon in a residential setting and members of the public could have been there - they must have been terrified.”

Sinclair was jailed for 12 weeks suspended for 12 months, handed a two-year restraining order and made to pay £150 compensation, a £128 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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