Newcastle man threatened to strangle ex-partner before smashing window

Newcastle man threatened to strangle ex-partner before smashing window

A Newcastle man threatened to strangle an ex-partner after their relationship ended, a court has heard.

James Barron, 31, sent the message after his ex-partner split from him and moved in with her mother. Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman decided to end the relationship after he changed and the defendant became abusive.

The court was told in April that the woman was given a screenshot of a message Barron had sent to her friend. It read: “Tell (victim) I’ll be at her mother’s house at 10. I’ll strangle that idiot b***h.”

In a separate incident, the court heard that at around 4.30pm the woman was at her mother’s house when she heard her screaming. The mother shouted: “You’re not coming in.”

Jordan Parkinson, prosecuting, said the defendant was outside the address. “He picked up a stick and hit the window. He picked up a large stone and hit the window, causing it to break.”

In a victim impact statement, the woman’s mother said she knew things were bad, but added: “I didn’t know it was this bad, that he wanted to kill my daughter.”

The court heard that Barron, of Wharrier Street, Newcastle, knew he was in the wrong and showed remorse for his actions.

Speaking at the sentencing, Judge Julie Clemitson said: “It must have been terrifying for (the victim), she must have walked away at that moment as she didn’t know what you were capable of.”

She added: “You left (the victim) feeling insecure and anxious.”

Barron pleaded guilty to sending a threatening communication and criminal damage. He was given a 24-month community order and a restraining order was made banning him from contacting the woman or her mother.

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