A MAN has admitted threatening his mother with a hammer after she sold his puppy.
Brett Jenkins had left the young dog with his mother Louise at her Chelmsley Wood home on January 31.
But when the 21-year-old returned two days later, he was told the animal had been sold to her ex-partner.
The court heard Jenkins, of nearby Selwyn House, had pulled out the wooden hammer and threatened to “punch his mother up” unless she returned the pet.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said: “He wanted to know the address but his mother wouldn’t give him the details. The defendant took out a wooden hammer from his coat pocket.”
He added that Mrs Jenkins had felt “vehemently abused” by her son.
“She said he has a temper on him. He was very angry that she had sold his dog.”
His young siblings were reportedly seen crying at the property whilst he made his threats.
In her victim statement, Mrs Jenkins said: “He has gone too far. This is the final straw.”
Jenkins told police in interview that he had “no intention of carrying out the threats” but had simply wanted to scare her into returning the pup.
Sanjit Sanghara, defending, said: “The dispute occurred after Mr Jenkins left a young puppy in his mother’s care. His mother had threatened that he needed to collect it early or she would get rid of it, a threat she followed through with.
“He called the police and they advised him that it was a matter between him and his mother. He didn’t intend to carry out the threats at any stage. He simply wanted his dog back. He accepted the way he went about it was wrong.”
The case was adjourned until March 11 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.