Clitheroe man went to ex-wife’s home wielding claw hammer

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A CLITHEROE man distraught after his ex-wife wrote to tell him she had started a new relationship went to her house armed with a claw hammer.

Blackburn magistrates heard that 54-year-old Raymond Corr had hoped for a reconciliation after the couple went on holiday together, then he had struggled to cope after his daughter delivered the letter containing the bombshell news of his ex-wife’s new relationship.

Corr, of Waddow Green, Low Moor, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in Petre Wood Close, Langho. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Mr Peter Wilde (prosecuting) said since his ex-wife wrote to him, Corr had taken an overdose of tablets and also tried to take his own life using the exhaust from a car.

“She was clearly concerned when he turned up at her house and started banging on the door with a claw hammer,” said Mr Wilde.

Mr Ben Leech (defending) said Corr had acted out of desperation to show his love for his wife.

“He accepts that after receiving the letter which said there was no future for them he made attempts on his own life,” said Mr Leech.

He said Corr took the hammer out of his car because he feared her new partner might be present, but denied using it to bang on the door.