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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Barrow thug jailed over threatening his partner after furious row

A THUG from Barrow with a history of violence has been jailed, after messaging his partner and threatening her.

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argument Derek Mould

Derek Mould, 45, of Thwaite Street, Barrow, contacted his girlfriend, Stacey Woodburn, on Wednesday, saying he would kill her unless she stopped taking amphetamines.

Furness Magistrates’ Court was told that the couple had been drinking cider heavily and arguing during the day.

A row broke out between the pair and Mould then contacted his girlfriend to make the comment.

Mould pleaded guilty to one charge of sending an offensive message by a public communication network to Miss Woodburn. He was sent to prison for 60 days.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, said the couple had had a “volatile” nine-year relationship, with Mould having previously been jailed for battery against Miss Woodburn.

He said: “When Mould was interviewed at the police station, he admitted that there had been difficulties that day.

“They had an argument and he accused her of being unfaithful to him.

“(Mould) has admitted to saying: ‘I will kill you if you keep taking those amphetamines’. He says it was a throwaway comment.

“This is an offence when domestic violence is an issue.”

Miss Jane Tunn, defending, said the victim did not take the message seriously. She also did not wish to pursue a restraining order.

Miss Tunn said: “The comment was grossly offensive but Miss Woodburn is not saying she was really put in fear by what she heard.

“It’s not the Crown’s case that Mould is guilty of harassing Miss Woodburn.

“It is a single message.”

Miss Woodburn made a previous statement to the police, saying Mould had threatened to set fire to her house, but she did not follow through with the complaint. Mould denies ever making the comment.

The bench of magistrates sentenced Mould to 60 days imprisonment.

He has had previous convictions for assault in 2012, 2006, 2004 and 2003.

During sentencing, Sue Needham, chairman of magistrates, told Mould: “The starting point is increased because of your domestic violence background, your very recent release from custody and your record of non-attendance with community orders.”

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