A man threatened to cut his mother’s pet dog’s head off.
In a series of threatening text messages, Mark Philip Mitchell, 28, also threatened to set her sofa alight.
Mitchell and his mother and had fallen out after he had been ejected from her home, along with his pregnant girlfriend, because of unpaid rent.
She then sold his television and Xbox games console in order to meet the rent.
Mitchell then became angry and sent a number of unpleasant text messages including the one threatening to cut off the pet dog’s head, Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told Flintshire Magistrates court in Mold.
Mitchell told police he had been very angry with his mother but did not intend to carry out the threats.
In one text he said Leon, the family dog, was dead. “I will cut his head off,” he texted.
“I am serious. Enjoy your time with him.”
He said that “you are so going to regret” selling his property.
Mr Ellis said Jacqueline Mitchell of Buckley, had said she no longer wanted contact with her son and said a restraining order might well be appropriate.
Brian Cross, defending, said it was all done on impulse.
Leon was the family pet. Mitchell loved Leon and there was never any suggestion he would carry out the threat. Mitchell and his girlfriend now had their own baby and lived in a flat in Old Chester Road, Holywell.
They were hoping to get their own accommodation on Deeside.
It was his case he had been paying rent, which should have included food and gas.
But he claimed his rent money went to pay his mother’s debts and he had to pay extra for gas.
Things came to a head and he and his then pregnant girlfriend were put out on the streets.
He was extremely angry when his mother sold his property and wanted to report what he regarded as the theft of his items to the police.
Magistrates said it was very sad such a situation had arisen between mother and son.
Sentence was adjourned for a report from the probation service.