Suspended prison sentence for man who threatened to kill ex-girlfriend
AN angry ex-boyfriend went to the police station and told officers he was planning to stab his former partner.
Richard Winter was drunk at the time and officers did not think he was serious about his intentions and sent him home. But they decided to follow him to his home in Perth Street, Chaddesden, to ensure he did not commit any public-order offences.
They then spotted him walking towards his ex-girlfriend's address, Derby Crown Court heard.
The officers arrested Winter for a breach of the peace when he told them he was heading to his ex-girlfriend's home to stab her and that when he was released he would do that.
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In interview, he said: "I still feel like killing her now and when I'm released I will do so."
Judge John Gosling handed him an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to attend a domestic violence programme.
Judge Gosling said: "It's very alarming to read how you behaved on December 7. I don't know whether your intentions were real, I have to assume not. You certainly were not armed and you were absolutely paralytic."
He said if he was to send Winter, 29, to prison, it would not be for very long and he would be released without any support.
"I have no doubt at all that unless some efforts are made to change your attitude then when you are released you would continue to be a risk," said Judge Gosling.
Winter was told that if he breached the restraining order, he could be sent to prison for up to five years.
Winter admitted making a threat to kill.
Chris Hallas, in mitigation, said: "He knows alcohol is the root cause of his offending."