Try roses, judge tells jilted Tiverton teen who attacked love rival's car with a baseball bat
A JUDGE urged a jilted teenager to try to woo back his girlfriend with a bouquet of roses after hearing how he attacked a love rival's car with a baseball bat.
Jordan Somerton, 18, was so upset when his sweetheart left him that he subjected her new partner Dulton Burton to a barrage of text threats.
He dented his car with a baseball bat and armed himself with a table leg and a copper pipe with the intention of carrying out more attacks.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him: "A bunch of red roses is a better way of getting a girlfriend back than beating up her boyfriend. You need to grow up and stop behaving in this disreputable manner."
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Somerton, of The Walronds, Tiverton, admitted threatening behaviour and three offences of having offensive weapons.
He was jailed for four months, suspended for a year, and put on an alcohol awareness course as part of a year's supervision.
The judge told him: "You were unhappy that your former girlfriend started a relationship with Mr Burton, who is a boy of the same age as you.
"In a display of frustration and jealousy you damaged his house and threatened him several times with violence. It is clear you were not going to get your girlfriend back with that sort of behaviour."
David Bowen, prosecuting, said Somerton attacked Mr Burton's car with the baseball bat in Tiverton, and then threatened him with more violence after following him to his home in Clare Drive. He sent 29 texts saying he would put him in an early grave and accusing him of being a grass for going to police.
Jeremy Harris, defending, said Somerton had already spent two months in custody and had learned his lesson.