Wigan man threatened his ex with acid attack murder

A man fixated with his ex threatened to douse her with acid and kill her, a Wigan courtroom heard.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 2:39 pm

Magistrates were also told that 35-year-old Scott King used an unknown phone to contact his victim no fewer than 100 times in the space of just one day in a bid to frighten her.

Appearing in the dock, the defendant admitted to conduct amounting to stalking and was given a year-long prison sentence, but it was suspended for two years.

The hearing was told that his terrorising actions had caused great distress to the named woman and her child.

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Wigan Magistrates' Court

Justices heard that King, of Yewdale Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, was the subject of a non-molestation order issued by Wigan Family Court on February 9 this year preventing his having contact with the woman.

But he almost immediately breached it on numerous occasions.

One charge stated that he sent threatening text messages to her stating he was going to throw corrosive substances in her face and kill her; another that his stalking had a substantial adverse effect on her usual, day-to-day activities and that he ought to have known that his actions would have caused her alarm or distress.

The molestation order was designed to deter this, and also the bombarding of the woman with scores of messages from a withheld number on February 22, the prosecution said. The chair of the magistrates told King that he was receiving a custodial sentence because “the breach involved threats to life and disfigurement”.

The chair added: “There was some planning with the use of a separate sim card too. The effects on the victim and her child was significant.”

As well as the suspended prison sentence, King was also given a two-year supervision order which includes a better relationship programme and 20 days of rehabilitation activities.

A three-year restraining order was imposed preventing him from approaching his victim and entering the village where she lives.

King was also ordered to pay the woman £200 in compensation and £128 to victim services.

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