A man who threatened to chop off his ex-girlfriend’s head and publish explicit pictures of her has been jailed for nine months.
Kristofer Sutcliffe’s ex could not sleep and was constantly looking over her shoulder as a result of the threats, Preston Crown Court was told.
Sutcliffe, 28, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, admitted harassment and assault by beating.
Harry Pepper, prosecuting, said it was a serious case of harassment carried out by telephone messaging, emails and in person.
On one occasion Sutcliffe told the woman: “I am in control and you had better do exactly what I want.”
He told her twice he wanted to chop her head off.
In a text message he warned that if she caused him a problem he would bring her world down and cause her as many problems as he thought possible.
“I am scaring myself with what I am thinking,” was a phrase he used in one message.
Police warned him about his behaviour, but Sutcliffe went on to make further phone calls.
He also threatened to publish intimate photos of her on the internet.
He also approached her in the street, using force to pull her round by the arm.
He had a hand on her shoulder while she was unable to get way from him.
The woman was shaking and tearful when a policeman went to the scene.
In a victim personal statement she spoke of having trouble sleeping and describes now looking over her shoulder.
Paul Robinson, defending , said Sutcliffe’s behaviour had resulted from the break-up of the relationship. He said: “He took the breakdown very badly and reacted by contacting her. During his time on remand he has had time to reflect on his situation,” the lawyer told the court.
“I submit that society would be better served and the public better protected if a suspended sentence order was made”.
Judge Stuart Baker told the defendant: “These two offences are bullying and bullying is a very unpleasant form of conduct.
“You were thinking only of yourself and not of her. You allowed your feelings of resentment, anger and jealousy to cause you to make very unpleasant threats of a number of different types.
“That might have seemed to be a way of getting back at her, but for her it must have been extremely distressing, unpleasant and unsettling”.
The judge imposed a total of 36 weeks’ jail and made a restraining order, without limit of time.