Man threatens to kill ex

A painter and decorator has received a custodial sentence for threatening to murder his ex-girlfriend in front of their children in Whaley Bridge, a court heard.

Samuel Davies, 44, of Cromwell Road, London, was sentenced at High Peak Magistrates’ Court, on Monday, after pleading guilty last month to assaulting Emma Jennings by beating her, at her home on Reservoir Road, on May 30.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, prosecuting, told the court that the defendant and victim enjoyed a “whirlwind romance” and had two children together, an eight-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter.

On the day of the incident, at about 2pm, Davies, who was visiting the children, took offence to something Miss Jennings had said.

The court heard that she picked up her daughter and walked into the kitchen and Davies “stormed” after her swearing, shouting “I’m going to kill you” and swiping pots and pans off the draining board.

Ms Fitzgerald said that the defendant “lost it”, and the complainant “feared for her life”.

Davies pulled Miss Jennings’ glasses off her face and threw them on the floor and blocked the door.

He said to her “You’re not leaving with the kids” adding that they were safe as it was her that he was going to kill.

Miss Jennings fled the house to her car, and drove off, as he was grabbing at the car door, and to Chapel-en-le-Frith police station to report him.

Magistrates heard that Davies had a previous conviction for assaulting Miss Jennings, which involved punching her in the face, for which he had served 12 weeks in prison.

Lisa Tinsley, defending, said that her client described his relationship with the victim as “on and off” for ten years.

She told the court he was a painter and decorator and was currently staying with his parents or friends as he was struggling to find work.

Ms Tinsley added that Davies intended to move to New Zealand in October, as he wanted to make a fresh start and get his life back on track.

Pam Ashton, chairman of the Bench, described the offence as “very serious” and “sustained”, sentencing him to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, and an 18-month supervision requirement.

He was also given a two-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Miss Jennings or entering Reservoir Road, Whaley Bridge, and was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £80.