Bury St Edmunds man brandished knife and broken snooker cue at ex-partner

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A man who sent pictures of a knife and a broken snooker cue to his ex-partner and turned up brandishing the weapons at her house has been jailed.

Kevin Tant, 29, of Broomley Green Lane, Bury St Edmunds, also sent a string of abusive and threatening text messages to Laura Stannard, Ipswich Crown Court heard,

He admitted affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place and was jailed for 15 months last Thursday.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that on the night of January 25, Ms Stannard was out with friends when she received texts and phone calls from Tant including one which said: “You are dead. I’m waiting for you at Woolpit.”

When she returned home to Cowfair, in Woolpit, at 3.30am Tant ‘popped up’ from behind a bush brandishing the snooker cue and knife.

Mr Crimp said that Tant kicked open the front door of the house and began fighting with a male former schoolfriend of Ms Stannard.

Before running off Tant pushed Ms Stannard out of the way.

Jacob Edwards, in mitigation, said neither of the weapons were used and no injuries caused. Judge David Goodin made a restraining order banning Tant indefinitely from going to Cowfair, Woolpit, or contacting Ms Stannard.