Fu­ri­ous thug made petrol bomb threat

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY [email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­erClayRWWN

ATHUG from Run­corn threat­ened to petrol bomb his ex-girl­friend’s mother’s house af­ter he be­came ‘rag­ing mad’ fol­low­ing the break­down of his re­la­tion­ship.

Kur­tis Crabb, 23, of Bridge­way West, ap­peared at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day where he was dealt with for two counts of as­sault by beat­ing, caus­ing fear of vi­o­lence, and breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence.

Crabb’s tem­per ex­ploded on June 15 this year when he re­turned home on his bi­cy­cle to find his for­mer part­ner Natasha Tyrell load­ing a re­movals van with her be­long­ings.

Pe­ter Hussey, pros­e­cut­ing, said the de­fen­dant be­came ‘livid’ and started shout­ing, and Miss Tyrell thought he was go­ing to hit her as he ap­proached say­ing ‘here’s the tramp’ and re­fus­ing to leave un­til he had ‘his phone’.

The young woman stepped in­side and tried to close the door but he stopped her, ‘tak­ing hold of her col­lar and push­ing her with force into the door’, caus­ing the vic­tim to bang her head, although with­out in­jury.

Her mother Nicola Ri­ley and a friend, who were help­ing her move and had been to the shops to buy bin bags, then ar­rived.

By now the de­fen­dant was de­scribed as ‘rag­ing mad’ and picked up a piece of wood which he be­gan ‘swing­ing it around shout­ing abuse’.

‘ You f***ing slag, you f***ing tramp’ he seethed, adding ‘I would love to butt you, I would love to punch you – phone the po­lice and I’ll petrol bomb your mum’s house’.

The re­moval men were asked to call the po­lice and Crabb threat­ened them that ‘if they got in­volved he would ter­rorise them’.

He then started ver­bally abus­ing Miss Ri­ley and swung the piece of wood and ‘missed her by inches’ although Mr Hussey said ‘one of the swings caused some scrapes to her neck’.

Miss Tyrell called the po­lice on her friend’s phone.

Crabb’s sis­ter and a friend then ar­rived and told him to stop. ●

He dropped the wood, picked it up again then re­sumed swing­ing it, warn­ing that ‘if he got picked up he wold smashed their car’.

Po­lice ar­rested him and in in­ter­view he ad­mit­ted be­ing there but de­nied any of­fence.

Crabb was con­victed at trial at North Cheshire Mag­is­trates’ Court on Oc­to­ber 26.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment Miss Tyrell, who has a young daugh­ter with Crabb, said she had not wanted to en­ter Run­corn since the in­ci­dent for fear of bump­ing into him or his fam­ily or friends.

Her mother said she was now ‘con­stantly on edge about my house be­ing fire-bombed’ and had re­ceived a fire home safety as­sess­ment.

She had also suf­fered anx­i­ety, stress and re­duced sleep.

The court heard Crabb had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for dan­ger­ous driv­ing, af­fray, theft, bat­tery and drunk and dis­or­derly.

He re­ceived a sus­pended prison sen­tence ear­lier this year for af­fray af­ter he was in­volved in a fight and was stabbed with his own chisel af­ter drop­ping it, be­fore arm­ing him­self again as his ri­val wielded a golf club.

The lat­est of­fences were in breach of that sen­tence.

Kirsten Beswick, de­fend­ing, said Crabb now ‘presents dif­fer­ently’ and ‘wouldn’t say boo to a goose’.

She said his of­fend­ing be­gan three years ago around the time his cousin killed him­self, but he had not had any coun­selling de­spite them be­ing ‘ex­tremely close’

Miss Beswick said he had now spo­ken to his doc­tor about ar­rang­ing ses­sions.

His Hon­our Judge Si­mon Berk­son, im­posed a five-year re­strain­ing or­der and a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with a 20-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­quire­ment and think­ing skills course, plus 50 hours of un­paid work for his breach.

He said he had con­cluded that send­ing Crabb to cus­tody would not help him to stop him of­fend­ing.

Sen­tenc­ing Crabb he said: “I’ve found this a dif­fi­cult case be­cause on the face of it your be­hav­iour was ap­palling.

“The way you treated your ex-part­ner and any­one else could have re­sulted in you go­ing to prison but I’ve read the pre-sen­tence re­port.

“Hav­ing read what hap­pened, the re­al­ity is you have done your com­mu­nity or­der to the ex­tent of the un­paid work, you’ve done some­thing else in con­nec­tion with your ed­u­ca­tion and you’re try­ing to do some­thing bet­ter, and I have to work out whether this in­ci­dent is a blip in an im­prov­ing sit­u­a­tion.” FREE ERYON DELIVORDE RS ALL OVER

Kur­tis Crabb, 23, leaves Ch­ester Crown Court

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