"If I get my hands on you I swear I will kill you" – South Yorkshire drug user’s threats to partner of 18 years

An "unpredictable" South Yorkshire amphetamine user subjected his partner of 18 years to harassment and intimidation when she told him their relationship was over, a court heard.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 3:00 pm

Dean Parkinson threatened to "stab her up" and threw items around the woman's Rotherham home, when she asked him to leave, on July 26.

She was "a little surprised" when he walked out, but he refused to return the keys, and warned her he would "smash your f****** face in," if she contacted police.

""It's the last thing you will ever do," he said," prosecutor Zaiban Alam told Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday.

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Dean Parkinson had throttled and beat his partner of 18 years with a belt in the past, the court heard.

Parkinson called her 60 times and left numerous voicemails, one of which said: "If I get my hands on you I swear I will kill you."

The next day he made between 40 and 50 calls to her and members of her family, threatening to kill himself, in what his partner said was a "psychological ploy to make her feel bad."

He returned to her flat and shouted: "Watch what's going to happen tomorrow," but was arrested in the early hours of July 28.

Parkinson also hurled a branch at his daughter's boyfriend, two days later, and threatened violence.

The court heard their relationship was "marred by domestic violence and controlling behaviour, and Parkinson throttled and beat the woman with a belt on one occasion.

"She never sought medical treatment or called the police because she was simply too intimidated," said Ms Alam. "It was conduct designed to maximise fear or distress."

But the court heard there was no record of convictions to say he had a "proven history" of violence, even though he was convicted of battery for 2010.

Richard Barradell, mitigating, said: "There have been lots of ups and lots of downs.

"When he was interviewed and was banging his head on the interview table and saying he hated himself, he meant it.

"He is not only reliant on drugs he is reliant on her. He is done with drugs and drink. He does understand he must make changes."

Parkinson, 45, of The Lanes, East Dene, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to harassment.

Judge Graham Reeds QC handed him 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered him to attend a six-month drug programme, the building better relationships course, and 20 rehabilitation days.

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