Wrexham man threatened to stab woman in online messages

Published date: 17 March 2014 |
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A MAN sent a message on a social networking website threatening to stab a woman, a court heard.

Kayleigh Pritchard received  Facebook messages from Arthur James Thomas, 22, after she had called him a “weirdo”.

Thomas, of Minafon, Wrexham, sent a series of private messages to Miss Pritchard on February 18, culminating in a threat to stab her.

The threatening message read: “I will smash your f***ing head in. I swear to God I will t*** you. Don’t f*** with me or I will stab you.”

At Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday, Thomas pleaded guilty to sending communication conveying a threatening message.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Thomas had been sending text messages to Kirsty Pritchard, who did not know how he had got her mobile number.

Miss Pritchard then sent Thomas a message calling him a “weirdo”.

Thomas responded by saying he was going to come over to her house before sending the messages.

Emma Simoes, defending, said Thomas was “very remorseful” for his actions.

She added: “It was non-direct contact through three Facebook messages. It was a single incident that occurred over one night and it was not of a persistent nature.”

Miss Simoes said Thomas, who made full admissions when interviewed by police, did not intend to carry out his threats and admits what he did was stupid.

Magistrates chairman Alan Moore issued Thomas a 12-month conditional discharge.

He said the court accepted the incident was a one-off.

Mr Moore added: “If you don’t commit any offences in the next 12 months, that will be the end of the matter.”

Thomas was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

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