A JAIL sentence hangs over a north Derbyshire man who threatened to burn down his former partner’s home and kill her.
Nicky Barber’s four-month relationship with Jade Bagshaw ended following an argument, Chesterfield magistrates heard.
She ignored his phone requests for reconciliation, hoping they would stop, and he then sent her threatening text messages.
Louise Winter, prosecuting, said Barber put degrading comments about Ms Bagshaw on Facebook, with pictures of her and contact details.
“He was warned about his behaviour by police and, on the same day, he attempted to contact her a hundred times,” said Ms Winter.
Barber, 27, then posed as a mutual friend and sent Ms Bagshaw mesages from a different phone number.
The messages warned that Barber had bought a gun and her new boyfriend should “watch his back”.
Ms Winter said messages sent by Barber included warnings that he was watching her, he had a gun and would shoot her, her home would be going up in flames, she would be dead by the end of the month and: “I’m going to kill you Jade, just watch, ha ha”.
Barber, an engineer, of Langwith Road, Shirebrook, admitted harassment of Ms Bagshaw between May 30 and June 9.
He was handed a 12-week jail term but it was suspended for a year. He also received a one-year probation supervision order, 80 hours unpaid work, and a restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Bagshaw for two years, with £85 costs.
“This must have been an extremely frightening experience for her. She was put in fear of not only violence but arson - even in bed she would have to think about whether you would come round,” presiding magistrate David Sobcjak told Barber.
His solicitor, Nichola Thorpe, said: “It was a short relationship. He still had feelings for her but she told him about a new relationship.
“He set up the Facebook account because she had been on his account. It was tit-for-tat.”
Ms Thorpe told the court Barber was drunk when he sent threatening messages. He thought friends of hers were “out to get him” and he made up the story about the gun to scare them off.
She added: “It was out of character. He feels ashamed and he apologises. He didn’t intend to hurt her. He didn’t deal with the break-up appropriately.
“He doesn’t want any more trouble. He’s going to be a dad with a different lady and he’s looking forward to that.”