Dad threatened to kill Stockton social workers
A RAGING dad who threatened to kill two social workers walked free from court with an anger programme to calm him down.
Gary Andrew White hurled abuse, threats and two chairs at the two Stockton Council social services officers at a home on Scalby Square, Thornaby.
The officers approached the 33-year-old as it appeared he was having unsupervised contact with his baby son, which he was not allowed to do.
White shouted at one of the officers: “I’ll f***ing kill you. I’ll burn your house down. I’ll wreck your car.”
He told them to “f*** off”, approached them aggressively and also threatened to kill the second officer, prosecutor Tamara Pawson told Teesside Crown Court.
As the social workers got back into their car, White picked up two plastic chairs and threw them at the windscreen. He was stopped throwing a third piece of furniture by a man who grabbed him.
White, of Brooklime Avenue, Stockton, admitted the affray from August 8.
He had previous convictions for assault.
Paul Cleasby, defending, said: “Clearly on occasions Mr White has difficulty in controlling his temper.”
He said there was “a long-running family saga that’s massively complicated” and White was sorry for the way that he behaved.
One of the social workers said White would benefit from anger management.
Mr Cleasby said White had complied well with a previous order and needed a constructive solution allowing him to get help, which wouldn’t be available if he was jailed.
The judge, Recorder Ian Thorp, said: “Social services officers and social workers have a difficult enough job dealing with difficult situations without having to face not only abuse but threats.”
He did not send White away because he had already been in custody for the equivalent of seven months. He passed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years with supervision, 120 hours’ unpaid work and a “CALM” anger management programme.
Councillor Alex Cunningham, Stockton cabinet member for children and young people, said after the case: “It is unacceptable for anyone doing their job to be threatened with violence. It is important there are tough sentences in such circumstances.”