Kirkby man threatened to kill ex-partner

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A KIRKBY man has been sentenced to 22 weeks in prison after admitting threatening to kill his ex-partner.

Gregory Pillay phoned the woman several times and sent numerous text messages which caused her to fear for her own safety when he saw her at Illusions nightclub, Mansfield, last month.

Prosecutor Neil Hollett told Mansfield Magistrates’ Court how Pillay (29), of Oxford Street, texted his ex-partner ‘I hope you have said goodbye’ and ‘go home before I kill you’ in the early hours of the morning.

She had made it clear to him the relationship was over in April.

Melanie Hoffman, in mitigation, said Pillay was deeply ashamed of what happened, had never been in trouble before and was a well thought of member of the community.

Summing up, District Judge Baker said custody was the only appropriate sentence despite his guilty plea and added: “It is a breach of trust and domestic violence. You were heavily under the influence of alcohol and wanted to cause maximum distress and disturbance.”

Pillay will serve half of his sentence less 20 days already served on remand.