Drunken dog lover terrorised ex-partner

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A drunken dog lover terrorised his ex-partner at her Colne home at around midnight, when he believed she may have had “his” beloved Siberian Husky put down, a court heard.

Paul Pickering (53), was banned from going to Carolann Dickson’s home in New Market Street by a non-molestation order taken out by her but he turned up inebriated after watching the England v Iceland football match and had banged on her front and back windows, swore, shouted and called for the dog, Diesel.

The animal had remained with Ms Dickson at the house she shared with her son by Pickering.

Burnley magistrates were told how Pickering was said to regard the pet as his and could not cope without the dog in his life.

Solicitor Geoff Ireland told the court: “He is struggling to come to terms, not necessarily with the breakdown of the relationship, but the fact he can’t see his dog and he can’t see his son.”

Pickering, who has 58 convictions on his criminal record and was subject to a conditional discharge, admitted breaching the 12 month non-molestation order, made on March 22nd.

Pickering, of Regent Street, Nelson, was given a 12 month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Mr Ireland added: “On Monday night he went to Walter Street Working Men’s Club in Brierfield, to watch the football. I’m not surprised he drank a lot of alcohol after watching that. He said he wanted to go to Colne because he wanted to see his mother’s grave. I expect that is not the reality and he decided he wanted to pay his ex-partner a visit.

“The defendant says he can’t recollect using bad language. He certainly accepts there was a conversation about his dog. He shouted for his dog and then he saw the error of his ways and he left.”