Furious thug made petrol bomb threat
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