A former bank manager from Sheerness has received a suspended sentence after using an axe to smash his way inside the victim’s house after a Tinder date turned sour.
Married Steve Cook, who had also worked for several years as a crime reduction officer for Kent Police, arrived at his date’s house armed with the axe, knives and an imitation pistol.
Kent Online reports that when she refused to let him in, he shouted: “Open the door or I will cut your face off”.
Cook’s romantic overtures were nevertheless rejected, so the internet Romeo used the axe to force his way in, terrifying his victim and leaving her scared to be in her own home. Consequently, the failed Casenova now faces a bill for £700 and a five-year restraining order.
In defending his client, defence barrister Ian Dear summoned Cook’s wife Alison, who told the judge she blamed herself and has since forgiven him.
Commentator and journalist Alistair Coleman told the Journal that Cook’s wife was: “literally the one person not to blame.”
He added: “Unless she bought him the axe.”
The Tinder website offers the following advice to stay safe on the dating scene: “It’s okay to end the date early if you’re feeling uncomfortable. In fact, it’s encouraged. And if your instincts are telling you something is off or you feel unsafe, ask [somebody] for help.”