Man 'threatened to kill ex-partner after a row over sexually-transmitted disease', Sheffield court hears

A thug threatened to kill his ex-partner after she contacted his new girlfriend claiming he had passed on a sexually-transmitted disease.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 5:05 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 1:35 pm

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court – sitting at the Sheffield Crown Court building – heard on June 2 how Liam Gilmartin, aged 21, of Broadway East, East Dene, Rotherham, admitted threatening to kill his ex-partner, sending threatening text and voice mail messages and threatening to damage her vehicle and her sister’s and her mother’s vehicles.

Hester Russell, defending, said: “He was upset – wrongly – that the complainant got in touch with his new partner to notify her of the condition he had inflicted upon her.”

Mark Hughes, prosecuting, said the complainant gave a statement to police on May 22 and indicated that the defendant had cheated on her resulting in her contracting a sexually-transmitted disease.

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Pictured is Sheffield Crown Court which has been hosting Sheffield Magistrates' Court cases during the coronavirus crisis.

Following the end of the relationship, Gilmartin sent offensive messages, according to Mr Hughes, threatening to set fire to her car and her family’s cars and that he would set fire to her grandmother.

Gilmartin also posted an explicit video of the complainant, according to Mr Hughes, and he sent a voice mail saying if she did not unblock her phone he would “shoot her up” and she believed he would carry out the threats.

Mr Hughes added: “She said she’s living life on the edge and is petrified what he will do to her or her family.”

Gilmartin, who has two previous convictions, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill, threatening to cause damage and to sending threatening text and voice mail messages in May.

Ms Russell, defending, said Gilmartin accepts sending threatening and unpleasant messages in the context of a two-way communication.

She added he is concerned about losing his job after working for the same emplyer for three years.

District Judge Naomi Redhouse told Gilmartin: “She quite rightly told someone you had a sexually-transmitted disease and they should get checked for it.”

District Judge Redhouse committed the case to Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing on June 23.

Gilmartin was remanded in custody.