A MAN who used a hammer to threaten the husband of a woman he had been accused of stalking has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Mohammed Ayyub, 46, also caused damage to the couple’s car by driving into the vehicle during the incident in the Seacroft area of Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened on Dufton Approach on March 23 this year.
Prosecutor Michael Collins told the court Ayyub and the couple had once been neighbours.
He said: “Prior to March 23 there had been some difficulties between the defendant and the complainants in so far as (the husband) expresses in his statement, his belief that this defendant had been stalking his wife.
“Although they had lived at their home address for many years, shortly after the defendant moved in close by they have left and moved elsewhere.”
Mr Collins said a witness saw Ayyub drive up and park behind the couple’s vehicle at 4.30pm.
He then got out of the car and was holding a hammer. The husband then got out of his car and their was an argument between the two men before Ayyub got back into his car. He then drove into the couple’s vehicle, causing over £600 worth of damage, before driving away. Ayyub, of Parkway Court, Seacroft, was arrested a short time later but refused to comment.
He pleaded guilty to criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and assault.
The court heard Ayyub has previous convictions for assault and damaging property.
James Littlehales, mitigating, said his client was sorry for what he had done and realised he had been foolish. Ayyub was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was made the subject of a 12 month drug rehabilitation and supervision requirement.
Recorder Peter Babb also made Ayyub the subject of a restraining order which bans him from contacting the couple.
He said: “It must have been frightening for him to be confronted by you with that weapon.”