Dad’s text threat left ex fearing for life

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A dad-of-one who stalked his ex-partner by text left her fearing she would die at his hands, a court heard.

Pennine magistrates were told how John Terry Wilson threatened Emma Wade after she was said to have told him he couldn’t be there to see his son open his presents on Christmas morning.

He told her: “I’m not being funny, but my thoughts are to kill you.”

Wilson, said to have used drink and drugs to self-medicate as he suffered from anxiety and depression, made Ms Wade so terrified she got the young child out of bed and fled to her sister’s home to feel safe. Wilson, an attic converter, admitted stalking ­involving serious alarm or distress by causing Ms Wade to fear he would kill her, possessing cannabis and ecstasy and possessing cannabis and valium.

The defendant (34), of Castle Street, Nelson, received six weeks in jail, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision and a 12 month restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim and from going onto Napier Street, Nelson.

He was also fined £300 and must pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.