Farrier’s ex feared he was going to kill her

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A besotted blacksmith made threats as he sharpened a knife at the home of his former partner.

She told a court how she believed John Gardner was going to kill her, or himself, and locked herself in the bathroom.

Twenty-six-year-old farrier John Gardner, who shod horses around Lancashire, was found guilty of assault and criminal damage and sending the mother of his two children offensive messages.

Gardner, of New Hall Farm, Scronkey, near Pilling, Over Wyre, was ordered to do 220 hours unpaid work and placed on a 12-month community order.

He was also placed on a restraining order forbidding him to contact the woman.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, said the couple had been in a relationship for five years.

They had split up but agreed to try to get together again.

However, she decided the relationship was not going anywhere and asked Gardner to leave.

Later he started to send her text messages, one of which told her to be careful what type of suitors she had in future and another threatened her mother.

He then turned up at her home when she had a female friend with her.

He had been drinking before the visit.

It was then he went into the kitchen and started to sharpen the knife. He also damaged a bannister spindle.

She called the police who arrested Gardner.

In interview, he told officers how he just wanted to talk in a bid to re-start the relationship but she refused .

Sue Mugford, defending, said since Gardner was arrested the amount of work he had as a farrier had fallen dramatically.

“There was a number of rumours going round and his work started to drop off,” she told magistrates.