15 months jail term for man who threatened to 'slit' ex-partner's throat

15 months jail term for man who threatened to 'slit' ex-partner's throat

A MAN with a Bangor address who threatened to "slit" the throat of his ex-partner and "burn" her out of her home has been jailed for 15 months at Newtownards Magistrates' Court.

Noel McGaw (23), of Killaire Wood Lane, pleaded guilty to a string of different offences when he appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

On July 18, 2020, after making the comments about his former partner he spat in a police vehicle when arrested.

In June 2018 he assaulted and resisted police and caused criminal damage to a PSNI vehicle.

In April 2019 he assaulted a male occasioning him actual bodily harm.

On December 19, 2021, the defendant had taken a vehicle without authority and was uninsured.

In January this year he dishonestly used a bank card and there were also driving offences.

On May 22 this year he assaulted police and damaged a PSNI vehicle.

A defence lawyer said alcohol and drugs were "a recipe for disaster" for the defendant.

District Judge Mark Hamill handed down a ten months sentence for the new offences and activated a five months suspended sentence.

The judge said it was "quite some achievement" to get a 15 months sentence in the Magistrates' Court.

However, Judge Hamill said the sentence was "richly deserved" and he hoped the defendant's "Magistrates' Court career is now over" and that any future cases would go to the Crown Court.

The defendant was also banned from driving for 18 months and fined £180.