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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Barrow mother recorded death threat from ex

A BARROW father threatened to kill the mother of his child over a three-day period of harassment last month.

Kris Henry pleaded guilty to harassing his ex-partner, Chelsea Leith, 23, after she walked into Barrow police station and produced a recording of a death threat.

Furness Magistrates Court was told on Tuesday that Henry, 25, had been in a relationship with Miss Leith for nine years but they split in July last year.

Miss Leith allegedly broke up with Henry due to his “erratic behaviour.”

Since then he had repeatedly been verbally abusive.

In addition to messages and phone calls, many of the disputes occurred over arguments about collecting their son from primary school.

On one occasion Henry refused to pick the child up so Miss Leith went and saw Henry walking towards her.

He berated her, calling her a “dog” at the school gates, the court heard.

When Henry, of Vernon Street, Barrow, left with the pair’s son, Miss Leith said she overhead him saying to their child: “Your mammy hates daddy. She doesn’t want me around your house.”

On January 10, Henry was supposed to collect their child but did not show up, leaving Miss Leigh to collect him herself.

She told him by text that he had let their children down. Henry then called Miss Leigh and threatened to “murder her and leave her on her sister’s doorstep.”

After two calls with similar threats, Miss Leigh told her sister she wanted to go to the police.

Her sister, saying at that stage that it would only be one person’s word against another, offered to record another call with Henry.

The pair successfully recorded another threat – the only threat Henry admitted to – and Miss Leigh handed it to police on January 12.

Chairman of the bench, Mr Mervyn Cooper, said that magistrates would need to see a full sentence report before making a decision.

The case was adjourned until Tuesday February 4 for the report to be prepared.

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