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Teenager could be jailed for threats

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

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AN ASHBOURNE teenager could be locked up after a court heard that he threatened to ‘smash in’ his ex-girlfriend’s face and car.

Victim Felicity Watkins, 23, received a number of voice messages from Liam Jackson, 18, that left her in fear.

Sherall Pickford, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates he had damaged Ms Watkins’ car on a previous occasion.

He called her after 4pm on October 18 and threatened: “Flick, ring me or I’ll do worse than last time, other things as well.” His next two messages indicated he would smash in her face and her car. He then said if her dad and brother wanted to get involved they could ‘bring it on’.

Jackson again asked her to call him and, two hours later, he threatened: “I’ll come in and cause a riot. I’m on my way up very soon.” When police told Jackson he would be arrested he replied: “You’re not arresting me — I’ve got a family meal at seven.” Ms Pickford added: “It was explained that this was not an option. He wouldn’t listen and refused to comply.” Jackson sat on a bench and pulled away from an officer’s grip.

Two other officers helped to restrain him and they all ended up on the ground during a struggle leading up to his arrest.

Ms Watkins said in a statement to police: “I am living in constant fear at the moment. I feel anxious and unhappy.” Ms Pickford said a restraining order would be sought.

Jackson, of Highfield Road, admitted charges of using threatening behaviour and resisting police at Ashbourne.

Deputy District Judge Andrew Davison adjourned sentence until November 28 for probation service reports and warned Jackson he could be sent into custody.

“The complainant is anxious and unsettled and it’s all your fault. Some of those threats were appalling,” he told the teenager.

Jackson, who had previous convictions for assault and damage, was granted bail on condition he did not contact Ms Watkins.

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