A DOORMAN who threatened to kill his girlfriend with a machete during a terrifying attack in his home has been put behind bars.
Stewart Meldrum, who was known as a “gentle giant”, repeatedly hit and abused his partner, threw a mobile phone at her, swung her around, and warned her she would die.
The attack in January was just hours after Meldrum deliberately drove his car “erratically” while she was a passenger, purposely to frighten her.
At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge James Goss QC jailed the 37-year-old, of St Cuthberts Close, Hetton, for 16 months, and said he must stay away from his victim for good.
The judge said: “This was a prolonged incident of violence. You took out a machete and threatened to kill her.
“It must have been, as you now acknowledge, a most terrifying incident for her in which she sustained, happily, relatively minor physical injuries but must have feared for her life by reason of your behaviour.
“It was in a private location in which she was effectively unprotected and could not summon help.
“References refer to you as a gentle giant; you were far from gentle in the events in January. There was an intent to commit more serious harm than actually resulted from the offence.”
Judge Goss said he was convinced Meldrum has “deep and genuine remorse” for what he did that night, while acting out of character.
James Adkin, defending, said Meldrum’s doorman’s licence will be revoked as a result of what he did.
Mr Adkin said Meldrum has displayed real insight into why he behaved the way he did and added: “Drink appears to have been the catalyst.”
Meldrum had pleaded guilty to assault and driving without due care and attention.