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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Cumbrian dad threatened to stab men who approached ex-partner

A drunken father who struggled to accept breaking up with the mother of his child told her he would stab any man who approached her.

At Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, Jack Bailey, 21, of Henderson Road, Currock, Carlisle, admitted harassment, common assault, and obstructing a police officer.

Prosecutor Pam Ward said the defendant recently wrote his ex-partner an 18-page letter in which he repeatedly asked her to get back with him.

He said he could not let somebody take his place, telling her: “I need to win” and said he would show her why she should want him. The letter was controlling and persistent,” said Mrs Ward. “It told her she should be with him.”

But on Sunday, March 31, Bailey threatened her with violence and said he would smash her windows.

“He also threatened to stab any male who approaches her,” said Mrs Ward.

She described how during a night out, the defendant had followed her from pub to pub in Carlisle, verbally abusing her. She returned home later to find him standing at her open front door, which was damaged.

He pushed her friend with such force that she fell to the ground. Bailey’s behaviour left her frightened and constantly apprehensive.

When arrested, the defendant declared that he always got the blame, but he was so aggressive that police had to use Parva spray.

Chris Toms, defending, said the explanation for his client’s behaviour was that he was drunk – so much so that he remembered little of what had happened.

“He clearly struggles with the break up of his relationship,” said the lawyer, adding that the letter he had written was pleading rather than controlling in its tone.

Magistrates imposed a three-month 7pm to 7am curfew, and a two-year restraining order, ordering that Bailey must not contact the woman except through his solicitor.

He must also pay £85 costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.

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