A man threatened to “clean out” is ex-partner’s new boyfriend because he thought he was a drug dealer.
Nicholas Elliott drove up to the couple’s house and shouted abuse at him from inside his car.
He had heard information that day that the victim was allegedly a drug dealer and was driving Elliott’s children around in his “drug-dealing van”, a court heard.
These claims are unsubstantiated.
Elliott, of Radnor Street, Derby, appeared before the bench at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court over video link on Thursday.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
Michael Cole, prosecuting, said: “The incident took place on July 11, in Wingfield Drive, in Chaddesden, Derby.
“The victim’s partner is formerly the partner of this defendant.
“She and the defendant have children together. There is some assertion by the defendant that the victim is a drug dealer and had been dealing drugs from his van.
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“He also thought the victim was allowing the defendant’s children to be carried in that van, so he drives to their address.
“They were both standing outside. The defendant shouts from his car: ‘If I find out my kids have been in that van, I’m going to clean you out’.”
Mr Cole said this caused the victim great alarm and distress.
Denney Lau, mitigating, said: “There is no suggestion that the defendant was jealous or unhappy with the relationship.
“This issue is regarding his children and his concern for their safety.”
Elliott and his ex-partner had been together for 12 years, it was said, and had three children aged eight, six and three years.
Mr Lau said: “On that day, he received information that the complainant in this case is a drug dealer and user and had been drink-driving with the defendant’s daughter in the car.
“There is no indication that this is true.”
Elliott was given a £800 fine for his actions and told to pay £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge. This totals £965.