Man threat­ened to ‘slit throat’ in text

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

A MAN sent a text threat­en­ing to ‘slit the throat’ of any­one his for­mer part­ner bought into her life, a court heard.

Ryan Mul­laney, of Pavil­ion Way, Mac­cles­field, sent the text while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol to his for­mer part­ner, a hear­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 8) was told.

Mul­laney, 29, pic­tured, ad­mit­ted send­ing the of­fen­sive and threat­en­ing text and pos­sess­ing £20 worth of the drug methe­drone, which po­lice dis­cov­ered on his per­son.

The court was also told that he was seek­ing help for al­co­hol and drug re­lated is­sues.

His de­fence solic­i­tor ar­gued that the of­fender hadn’t re­ally meant the threat.

Les­ley Her­man, de­fend­ing Mul­laney, said: “It didn’t mean he was go­ing to kill any­one. He was nowhere near his for­mer part­ner at the time, it is just some­thing that peo­ple say.

“He is do­ing some­thing about his prob­lems. It was a stupid thing to do, he has a good job.

“When he proves his drink­ing is un­der con­trol he and the vic­tim may get back to­gether.”

Mag­is­trates, who told him his be­hav­iour had ad­versely af­fected the vic­tim, handed Mul­laney a 24-month com­mu­nity or­der with a su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ment. H e was also told he must at­tend an al­co­hol treat­ment and a build­ing bet­ter re­la­tion­ships pro­gramme, and or­dered to pay £85 costs.

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