jilted man made death threats

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A JILTED man who bombarded his former partner with 100 phone calls in one day and threatened to have her father’s head cut off has been sentenced.

David Moore, 30, was given a suspended prison sentence at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

Moore, formerly of Debenham and now living in Station Road, Dagenham, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to making threats to kill, making threats of violence by harassment and damaging property.

Moore threatened to kill the father of his ex-partner after she walked out on him. He also smashed up the inside of the house, in Stowupland, the couple had once shared.

Hundreds of pounds of damage was caused at the rented property in Saxham Street, on July 23.

Moore, who has no previous convictions, damaged windows, doors, furniture and a radiator after his partner, Leah McElrea left him, the court heard.

In one day, Moore bombarded Miss McElrea with 100 calls to her mobile phone and left messages including one in which he threatened to have her father’s head cut off, prosecutor Robert Sadd said.

Neil Guest, defending, said that Moore was genuinely remorseful for his actions and regretted what he had done.

Moore was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and placed under Probation Service supervision for 18 months.

Judge Peter Fenn also ordered him to take part in a programme designed to tackle domestic abuse.

Moore was made subject of a restraining order which bans him indefinitely from contacting Miss McElrea and her family.

Sentencing Moore, Judge Fenn, said that his behaviour, which appeared to have been fuelled by alcohol, had caused Miss McElrea’s family ‘huge distress’.