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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle van driver jailed for threats to ex-partner's new boyfriend

A man has been jailed for threatening his ex-wife’s new boyfriend with a 2ft iron bar.

Trevor Liddell, 46, cornered Thomas Evans and threatened to kill him after following him in his van.

Mr Evans had been so alarmed by Liddell driving close behind him that he was heading for the city police station in Brunel Way, Durranhill, where he knew he could get help.

But just before he got there, Carlisle Crown Court heard, Liddell overtook him and slammed on his brakes in front of him to stop him.

Then, as Mr Evans cowered inside his own vehicle, Liddell punched at his window, then ran at him with the iron bar.

The incident on May 23 – which lasted about five minutes – ended when Liddell got back into his van and drove away.

Prosecutor Becky McGregor told the court that Liddell, of Hallaway, St Ann’s, Carlisle, had 63 previous convictions, including several for breaking court orders banning him from contacting his ex-wife.

She said he was currently already in prison for his latest breach of the order.

In mitigation, defence barrister Greg Hoare said Liddell accepted that his marriage was finished.

“He is not trying to rekindle a hopeless relationship,” he said. “He knows it is well and truly over.”

But he said he found it difficult to accept the problems this posed for him when he wanted to see his children, and when he chanced upon Mr Evans driving in the opposite direction in Currock Road he made the mistake of doing a U-turn to follow him.

“All he wanted was to remonstrate with him,” he said. “He accepts that he should not in any circumstances resorted to doing what he did. He has learned a crucial lesson.”

Liddell pleaded guilty to charges of affray and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. He was jailed for three months – a sentence which, the judge said, was not likely to “significantly extend” the one he is already serving.

The judge, Recorder Neville Biddle told him: “If you don’t take a step back and get less hot-headed about things you are going to end up getting longer and longer sentences.”

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