Forklift driver threatened to ‘destroy’ former partner

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A forklift truck driver sent a catalogue of abusive text messages to his former partner, promising to ‘destroy her’ and make her ‘life hell’.

Wojciech Jakubowski (51) of Lord Street, Mansfield admitted harassment at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court of his ex-girlfriend whom he had been with for 12 years, and had a daughter with.

With a Polish translator to help proceedings, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) outlined their case, saying their relationship had fallen apart because of Jakubowski’s ‘mental abuse of her children’ from a previous relationship.

Donna Fawcett, of the CPS, said that his former partner could also not forgive him for a previous incident three years ago when he assaulted her by choking, for which he received a caution.

And the situation came to a head earlier this year when he sent a series of text messages threatening to ‘destroy her’, ‘turn her life into hell’ and even saying he would ‘sacrifice the rest of his life’ to ruin hers.

Later he went to a cafe on Mansfield’s Westgate where his ex-partner worked and confronted her, turning angry and telling he would ‘knife her in the back’.

District Judge Diane Baker gave Jakubowski credit for an early guilty plea, and caring for their daughter, saying it allowed her to ‘step away from a custodial sentence’.

But she added: “Your offending is serious, this was breach of trust.

“This lady was your partner and you made a series of unpleasant communications, making insulting and abusive threats. She was extremely upset by your behaviour.”

He was given an 18-month community order, a two-year restraining order, 40 hours community service and told to pay £60 surcharge, £85 costs and £300 compensation.