A Lochgelly man has been jailed after subjecting his former partner to a terrifying ordeal by breaking into her home.
When the woman called police after hearing noises upstairs, officers found George McKenna trying to conceal himself behind furniture. He then threatened to kill his former partner.
George McKenna, 26, of Lumphinnans Road, admitted that having been granted bail on January 14 with the condition he did not enter Union Street, Cowdenbeath, or contact Amy Bowers, he breached this on March 5 by breaking into her house, hiding a panic alarm and threatening her.
He also admitted making threats of violence, threatening to kill his ex, and also spitting on a police officer’s face.
Depute fiscal Gary McMullan told Dunfermline Sheriff Court Ms Bowers returned home at around 7pm with her daughter and her mother to find a glass panel on the back door broken.
Her mother saw training shoes which she believed belonged to McKenna and later noises were heard from upstairs, but initial searches did not find anyone there. However, Ms Bowers “remained in fear for her safety” believing someone was in the property and contacted the police.
Officers arrived and found McKenna attempting to hide behind a chest of drawers in a bedroom.
When handcuffed he started shouting and swearing, telling his former partner: “When I get my f****** hands on you I’m going to kill you. When I get out I’m going to murder you.”
McKenna later told police: “I only broke in to see my daughter.”
Sheriff Craig McSherry jailed McKenna for 12 months.