Man jailed for threatening calls to his stepfather

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A MAN who threatened to kill his stepfather received a five month prison sentence this week.

Anton Giles, 23, had previously pleaded not guilty to repeatedly making offensive telephone calls to his stepfather but, at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday, he changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecuting, Nicky Miller said that on November 6, between 6pm and 8pm, Giles made up to 15 phone calls to his stepfather, Anthony Ryan.

Mr Ryan answered on only two occasions, one when Giles shouted ‘you have 24 hours to return the key or I’m going to kill you’ and the other when he threatened to put him in hospital, said Mrs Miller.

In a statement read in court, Giles’ mother, Susan Ryan, said she had had problems with her son since he was 15-years-old.

His actions towards her and her husband had become more intimidating, she added.

In a victim statement read to the court, Mr Ryan said that Giles suffered from extreme anger, did not like the fact that he was with his mother and had a known gambling problem that he and Mrs Ryan had given thousands of pounds to try to help.

He said that he was worried about his wife’s health, as she was becoming more worried and frightened and about the possibility of Giles attacking him physically one day.

“He needs to realise that we love him but we don’t wish to put up with his abusive behaviour any longer,” he added.

Giles started serving a 20 month sentence at Norwich Prison last month after he admitted dangerous driving and assault following a crash in which two people were seriously hurt in King’s Road, Bury, earlier this year.

On Monday, district judge David Cooper served him with a five month prison sentence to run concurrent to the 20 month prison sentence he is currently serving.

He was also issued with a restraining order, which stipulates that he should not contact Mr Ryan, directly of indirectly, or visit his home address, in Abbots Road, Bury.

It also prevents him from going to Mr Ryan’s place of work or from following him on foot or in a vehicle.