Abuse, threats: but couple reconciled

When police officers finally reacted to a complaint that a Scarborough woman had been receiving vile, abusive and threatening messages from her partner, they found them reconciled, a court was told.

However, Jamie Liley was still arrested and appeared for sentencing before York Crown Court on a charge of putting someone in fear of violence through harassment.

Jessica Savage, prosecuting, told how missing money led to an argument between Lily, 24, of Greylands Park Grove, Scarborough, and his pregnant partner, Kirsty Johnson, in January this year.

Between January 3 and 5 Liley sent a series of texts and made phone calls to Miss Johnson, threatening to kill her, carry out a serious sexual assault on her 23-year-old daughter and also making calling her vile names and using appalling language.

The matters were reported to the police, but by the time officers turned up on January 6 to quiz Liley they found him tucked up in bed with Miss Johnson, who refused to continue her complaint.

However, said Miss Savage, over the two days the messages and calls were made, Miss Johnson had taken the threats made seriously enough to arrange for the father of her child to remove her from the house.

Simon Clegg, mitigating, said that Miss Johnson, who had been five months pregnant with Liley’s child, had made a retraction statement and had not co-operated in any way with the police or her partner’s prosecution.

Adding that the couple were back together with their new baby, Mr Clegg said that his client had been angry about missing money, blaming Miss Johnson for taking it, and had used the texts and calls to express his feelings and to hurt his partner whilst in temper and with never any intentions of carrying out any of the threats.

Passing sentence, Judge Colin Burn told Liley that his actions had been “juvenile”.

Liley was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order with 12 months supervision and a requirement that he take part in a Thinking Skills Programme.