A THUG warned he would “come hunting” for and attack a couple who were witnesses against his brother in a court case.
Tony Edgerton sent threatening Facebook messages, texts and telephone calls to his brother’s ex-girlfriend and her new partner, who had been assaulted, in a bid to stop the case.
Newcastle Crown Court heard one threat warned “I will come to Sunderland and punch you about”.
Other terrifying texts said ‘I will come hunting for you in Sunderland’ and ‘You want to hope you don’t bump into me’.
During the campaign, 25-year-old Edgerton warned the couple their windows would be put out and hurled frightening, foul abuse.
One of the victims told police she was left “looking over her shoulder” because of Edgerton’s threats.
The court heard despite Edgerton’s efforts, his brother was convicted in connection to the attack on his love rival.
Edgerton, of Tatum Street, Sunderland, admitted intimidation.
The court heard he has previous convictions for violent offences and arson.
Judge Penny Moreland told him: “It was a highly inappropriate way of getting involved.” The judge sentenced him to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision and programme requirements.
The judge said she accepted Edgerton had potential to make a success of his life if he stayed away from trouble.
She warned him: “This may be one of the last chances you get. “
Lee Fish, defending, said Edgerton has led a “chaotic” life from an early age.
He added: “The threats were unpleasant and frightening. They were not carried out. They could have been. but they weren’t.
“He foolishly decided to do what he did. It didn’t succeed. His brother was convicted.”