Sunderland dad threatened to kill his ex and turned up at her home despite restraining order

A dad threatened to kill his ex and turned up at her home less than a month after being given a court order to keep away from her.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 4:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 10:03 am

Curtis Hughes barged into his former partner's home last June, pinned her down and told her "I want you to die" then went back a few weeks later and smashed her window then grabbed her by the throat, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old was given a restraining order and was banned from attending her address in Hetton le Hole, Sunderland, when he appeared in court on October 6.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard just weeks later, on November 3, Hughes told the victim, who is the mother of his child, during a phone call "when I see you I'm going to kill you".

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Curtis Hughes who was given a 12 month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to making a threat to kill and breach of a restraining order.
Curtis Hughes who was given a 12 month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to making a threat to kill and breach of a restraining order.

Prosecutor Andrew Walker told the court: "She was terrified by what he had said to her.

"Shortly thereafter she heard a knock at the door Eventually she looked out of the window, at which point she saw the defendant walking away from her property.

"That is a breach of the restraining order."

Mr Walker added: "She was fearful to the point she backed her bags and took herself and her daughter to her sister's address for the rest of the night."

Hughes, of Kepier Crescent, Durham, admitted making a threat to kill and breach of a restraining order.

Mr Recorder James Wood QC sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with programme and rehabilitation requirements plus a four month night time curfew.

The judge told him: "You behaved disgracefully, your conduct presents a danger to women.

"I suspend the sentence in the hope you will start to grow up, to realise you can't treat people in the way you have been treating her and the only thing that will happen if you continue to treat people like that is you will immediately go to prison."

The judge issued a five-year restraining order.

Lewis Kerr, defending, said Hughes had "struggled" to conduct himself in a proper manner after the break-up and added: "This was his first seriousrelationship."

Mr Kerr said focused work by the probation service could reduce any risk Hughes poses in future.

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