A BITTER ex-boyfriend threatened to burn down a mum’s home while she was still inside after she refused to get back with him.
Jealous Ian Finlay pestered the woman with up to 40 telephone calls per day, turned up in her home while she slept and tampered with her car tyres after their break-up.
The court heard his ex was under extreme pressure with a seriously ill baby son when she was subjected to the torment.
Finlay, 51, of Promotion Close, Roker, Sunderland, admitted harassment.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court the couple had met around seven years ago, but the relationship deteriorated as he became increasingly controlling.
By last year the relationship was over, but the couple had a baby boy together, who had heart problems and may need a transplant.
The court heard while the victim was coping with the stress of having a seriously ill son, Finlay launched his campaign of cruel harassment.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “She woke up in bed one night and realised he was standing in the room.
“He had gained entry by taking out a screw in the kitchen window and climbing in.”
Later that year, Finlay let the air out of his ex-girlfriend’s car tyres.
Her torment came to a head when Finlay made the arson threat.
She told police: “He was ringing me 30 to 40 times per day. He was ringing from blocked numbers and from other people’s phones.”
Mr Bunch added: “He was asking her to take him back. When she refused, he became nasty, said he would burn the house down with her in it and she would get her windows blown out.”
Judge John Evans deferred sentence for six months to see if Finlay can keep out of trouble and be a good father to his poorly boy.
He told the court: “If he behaves himself in the next six months, he is not going to go to prison. If he behaves again in the way he has, to custody he will go.”