Staveley man threatens to “smash” love rival’s “teeth in” following long-running feud

A furious Staveley man threatened to “smash” his partner’s ex-boyfriend’s “teeth in” during an angry confrontation following a bitter feud, a court heard.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:44 pm

David Hancock, 39, was heard banging and kicking the door to a flat where his “fearful” victim was hiding.

Prosecutor Rosanna McDaid told Chesterfield Magistrates Court Hancock shouted “faggot” as he left the scene in a homophobic slur directed at his victim’s brother - whose flat he was sheltering in.

Hancock’s solicitor Ben Strelley described how there was a “history and a background” to the incident - which happened on September 15 last year.

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David Hancock, 39, was heard banging and kicking the door to a flat where his “fearful” victim was hiding
David Hancock, 39, was heard banging and kicking the door to a flat where his “fearful” victim was hiding

Mr Strelley said Hancock’s victim had been in a relationship with the defendant’s partner for 19 years and “was not too happy that his partner left him and started a new relationship with Mr Hancock”.

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The solicitor described how Hancock had “threats made on his life” and rumours had been started in the local area that the defendant was a “paedophile”.

Though Hancock had reported the abuse to police “nothing could be done” so he took the law into his own hands and challenged his victim to “come outside”.

Mr Strelley added that Hancock was “not aware” his victim’s brother was at the address at the time of the fracas.

He added: “The word faggot was used but he was calling (the victim) a faggot for not coming outside to face him.”

Hancock, of Pullman Close, Staveley, was last before the court in 2015 for breaching an order. He admitted two counts of using threatening behaviour.

His case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

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