A man punched his ex’s fence because she called him a ‘fat ginger bastard’.
Lee Farnsworth went round to Chelsea Armitage’s house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, when it all kicked off.
They happen to live next door to each other in Blackmoorfoot Road, and on March 4, Lee decided to drop off some unwanted Valentine’s Day gifts.
Prosecutor Helen Chapman told the Huddersfield court: ‘There was an argument outside her property and she then called the defendant ‘a fat ginger bastard’.
‘In anger he punched the garden fencing, causing some damage.’
Farnsworth, 37, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage when he appeared in court.
Ian Whiteley, mitigating, said Farnsworth would fix the fence himself and wasn’t bothered about being prosecuted.
Mr Whiteley said that his client had taken some ‘Valentine’s stuff’ back to his ex and she had taken exception to that.
He told the court: ‘She called him what she called him and he reacted.’
District Judge Michael Fanning gave Farnsworth a 12-month conditional discharge, provided that he stays out of trouble for the next year.
He told him: ‘It’s a tricky situation having to live so close to somebody when there’s a degree of ill-feeling.
‘You received a mouthful and you reacted to that in a way which was not appropriate.’