‘I will destroy you’ – man’s Facebook threats to ex-partner

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A MAN launched a tirade of threats and abuse about his former partner on Facebook.

Stuart James Smith messaged a mutual friend saying he would “continue to destroy” his former partner, Durham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Ros Scot Bell said Smith is banned from contacting his former partner by a restraining order imposed earlier this year.

“He is also banned from entering her name into any messaging device,” added Ms Scot Bell.

“When printed out, the Facebook messages ran to 20 pages and could be described as a drunken rant.

“This is the second breach of the restraining order. His former partner has had to move several times and is fearful he will still find her, or find their daughter and take her out of school.”

Smith, 32, of Marlborough, Seaham, admitted breach of a restraining order.

The court heard his previous convictions include two firearms offences for which he served four years and five years.

Martin Scarborough, defending, said: “Mr Smith has served a month on remand which the court may feel is a sufficient custodial penalty.

“He did not communicate directly with his former partner, and he knows he must not talk about her to others.”

The Recorder, Mr Ian Atherton, sentenced Smith to a two-year supervision order including a condition he take the building better relationships and alcohol abuse modules.

Recorder Atherton said: “A short custodial sentence today would mean nothing to you.

“The sentence I have passed will hopefully be better for all parties in the longer term.”

Recorder Atherton ordered the restraining order to run for another two years.