‘It’s easier to kill you’

Christopher Hesketh:  'Absolutely outrageous' behaviour
Christopher Hesketh: 'Absolutely outrageous' behaviour
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A violent knife-wielding thug who pinned his on-off girlfriend against the wall told her: “It would be easier to end your life.”

Christopher Hesketh, 29, who had earlier stabbed the woman in the shin, has now been locked up for almost two years.

Judge Graham Knowle, sitting at Preston Crown Court, told him: “You behaved in a way that was absolutely outrageous”.

Hesketh, of Garstang Road South, Wesham, pleaded guilty to two offences of common assault and one of threatening behaviour.

Those offences happened while he was on bail for aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.

He had also admitted those charges and was given an overall prison term of 96 weeks.

David Traynor, prosecuting, said Hesketh and his partner, whose relationship was described as “volatile”, were watching TV together when an argument started.

Hesketh then reached down the side of the sofa and picked up a sharp implement which he used to stab her in the shin.

He returned next day and told her not to ‘wind him up’ or he would do it again.

The other incident took place in June. Hesketh tried to climb into the woman’s home through a window, but ran off.

Stabbing

This was followed by him banging on the front door.

The door was opened and he barged inside. He was asking to be allowed to live with the woman again,

Mr Traynor told the court: “He started threatening to kill himself and walked into the kitchen.

“He picked up a large knife and started stabbing himself on the wrist before slowly dragging the knife across his wrist three times, which was bleeding fairly badly.”

Hesketh started to clean his injuries and put the knife down. However, he was 
chasing the woman around and swearing at her.

“He held it to his own stomach and said ‘I’ll kill myself this way’,” added Mr Traynor.

Hesketh pushed the woman away and pinned her against the wall, raised the knife to shoulder height and said: “I think it would be easier to end your life.”

Hesketh had more than 40 previous convictions, including repeatedly punching a former partner in the face.

Michael Maher, defending, said Hesketh had an unsavoury and unattractive record.

Some of the latest offences took place while he was on bail.

He said: “He has been in custody for the best part of six months.”

In addition to passing the jail term, the judge also made a restraining order without limit of time and gave Hesketh a 30-month driving ban.