Mansfield man banned from Sutton for threatening to kill ex-partner
A Mansfield man who hurled threats at a former partner he’d split from 16 years earlier has been banned from entering Sutton for two years.
Russell Stevenson’s ex spotted him as she was getting into a taxi with her current partner on Fox Street, Sutton, at 2.30pm on January 9, said prosecutor Annelli Pritchard.
"He was drunk and holding a packet of crisps,” the woman said in a statement. “He walked around the front of the taxi and reached for the door handle.
"He was trying to open the door as the taxi pulled off.”
She heard Stevenson shout: “I’ll f****** kill you both. You took my kids you b*******.”
“It was clearly a very scary situation,” said Ms Pritchard. “She was in fear for her life.”
Magistrates heard that Stevenson has 15 previous convictions for 30 offences – and was last in court for criminal damage in 2018.
Rory Macmillan, mitigating, said: “This was a chance encounter. He is very sorry for what happened. He can’t remember the incident. He lost control.”
He said Stevenson takes medication for his mental health and has been alcohol-dependent for many years, but started working with an alcohol treatment service two months ago.
"He will be considered for rehab when his alcohol levels come down,” Mr Macmillan said. “He is down to six litres of cider per day.”
Stevenson, 38, of Victoria Street, Mansfield, admitted using threatening words or behaviour, when he appeared in court on Wednesday.
He received a 12-month community order with six months of alcohol treatment and 15 rehabilitation days. He was banned from going to Sutton for two years.