Frustrated dad is fined over threatening ex


A disgruntled father has been fined and given a restraining order after he threatened his ex during a row over access to his son.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Petru Curelaru, 29, of Sterland Street, Chesterfield, visited his ex’s home in Grassmoor where he threatened to smash her windows.

Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “His ex-partner called police saying her ex was banging on her windows and her alarms were being activated.

“She then said her ex had a pole and was threatening to smash the windows and when police arrived he told them he had attended the address to see his child but his ex-partner wouldn’t allow it.

“An officer spoke to Curelaru’s ex and she said they had been in a relationship which broke down and she had allowed him access to their son but the defendant had made comments about taking him to Romania so she stopped access. She said he had a pole and threatened to smash windows.”

Curelaru pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour after the incident on January 4.

Felicity Clarke, defending, said Curelaru used to have regular contact with his son but he had begun legal advice about custody and had been told he would have to pay so he went round to the home and shouted to attract police because he wanted to get free legal advice from a solicitor.

Miss Clarke said: “This is an unusual and sorry case. He knows that if you see the police you can get free legal advice and he never he intended to do any damage.”

District Judge Andrew Davison fined Curelaru £230 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation and a £23 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also given a 12 month restraining order not to go to his ex-partner’s address.