A MAN has appeared in court after threatening to smash another person's head in.

Simon Edward Morgan, of no fixed address, admitted the offence when he appeared at Hereford Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Mark Hambling said Morgan had been reported to police after he called the victim at around 9.30am on October 18 and threatened to "smash his head in".

The 28-year-old was arrested and admitted making the threat in police interview.

Edmund Middleton, for Morgan, said the problems had arisen because the 28-year-old felt his partner was being improperly by another person.

"He phoned up the other side in a temper and said what he said, and this was obviously not a very sensible way to behave," Mr Middleton said.

"It seems that this was in the heat of the moment to protect someone else who he felt was being treated badly. It was a human impulse."

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The court heard father-of-three Morgan had lost his job as a plant operator and had been under financial pressure as a result.

"Perhaps this is why we see him taking this course of action," Mr Middleton said.

"He says he was just trying to stick up for his partner, and he has ended up in court. Clearly he would do well to learn from this."

Morgan received a 12 month conditional discharge. He must pay costs of £75 and a £22 victim surcharge.