A GRANDMOTHER has been fined after hurling abuse at her son’s ex girlfriend in a court.
Sharon Kitcher admitted threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
The 44-year-old, from Brighouse, appeared before Huddersfield magistrates yesterday.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that Claire Dixon had previously been in a relationship with Kitcher’s son Daniel and the pair had a two-year-old son.
In May Miss Dixon had been at Halifax County Court to arrange for her ex to have contact with the child.
This was following allegations made against him that had previously been dealt with.
Ms Fowler said: “When she was at the court she saw Mrs Kitcher there.
“She (Miss Dixon) went into the consultation room and witnessed the defendant shouting and swearing: ‘Are you happy now you got what you wanted?’.”
Ms Fowler said that Mrs Kitcher then burst into the room and strongly accused her of lying.
“She had her fists clenched and Miss Dixon said she was scared and thought she was going to be hit.”
Andrew Sugden, defending said that Kitcher had looked after her grandson regularly until the couple’s relationship ended.
But on the day of the court hearing he said she snapped after hearing the case had been adjourned.
He said: “She had heard the complainant saying that she would never see her grandchild again. She accepts that she shouldn’t have gone in the room but she was frustrated at being deprived of seeing her grandson.
“She his six other children and considers herself to be a devoted and caring grandma.
“She’s upset that she’s not seen her grandson since the separation but will be going through the proper channels in the future.”
Magistrates ordered Kitcher to pay a £250 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £235 towards court costs.