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Jilted father escapes jail

PUBLISHED: 22:38 05 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

A JILTED father who used a pickaxe handle in a scuffle with his former partner's new love was granted a year's conditional discharge at an Ipswich court.

A JILTED father who used a pickaxe handle in a scuffle with his former partner's new love was granted a year's conditional discharge at an Ipswich court.

Ipswich man Michael Smy, of Bucklesham Road appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Fri (2) where he admitted threatening behaviour in September this year.

Ian Pells, prosecuting told magistrates the 36-year-old spotted his ex-partner's new boyfriend, Colin Lewis, and followed him in his car. He stopped Mr Lewis's car and threw punches at him.

Mr Lewis fought back with his fists prompting Smy to go to the back of his car and bring out the pickaxe handle. Mr Lewis went back to his own car and drew out part of a pool cue.

During the fight Mr Lewis tried to grab hold of the pickaxe handle and was hit by Smy later reporting painful ribs.

The victim drove back to his girlfriend's house. Police were called and Smy gave a different version of events.

Howard Catherall, mitigating, said it was a chance meeting between the two. Smy had left a friend's house and spotted his ex-girlfriend getting out of Mr Lewis's car and followed the vehicle.

Mr Lewis eventually drove infront of his vehicle causing him to stop and dad of one Smy got out and accused him of having an affair with Lane during his relationship with her.

Mr Lewis threw the first punch which missed causing Smy to retaliate and a fight broke out. "It was six of one and half a dozen of the other," said Mr Catherall.

Magistrates ordered Smy, a bricklayer by trade, to pay £55 costs to be paid within 28 days.

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