Buckley man ran terror campaign against ex-girlfriend

Published date: 27 March 2014 |
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A MAN who launched a campaign of terror against his former girlfriend – including an allegation of dousing her in petrol while threatening to kill her – has been jailed for nine years.

Steven Anthony Grey, 28, was also banned from approaching his victim for life.

A court heard how in one incident he grabbed by the hair, pulled her to the floor and, the victim claimed, poured petrol on her while holding a lighter and threatening to burn the house down with her inside.

Grey admitted the threat, claiming he had red diesel and a lighter at the time – but denied pouring the fuel over her.

Then in a second incident he got into her home on Deeside in the early hours and struck her to the head and legs with a crow bar.

While she screamed for help, he knocked her to the floor and stamped on her face as her head wound bled profusely.

Then he kept her a prisoner in her own home after taking her keys and mobile phone.

Prosecuting barrister Jayne La Grua said he bombarded her with angry text messages, including one which read: “game on, rampage, on a mission to kill n ruin everybody in my life b4 I go... go out in style n take u all with me even all ur m8s.”

A jury at Mold Crown Court was told it was Grey’s mother who alerted the police after complainant Anne Marie Moore, a mother of three, was later able to leave the house at Clwyd Street in Shotton last September.

Grey, of Lyme Grove, Buckley, denied aggravated burglary – attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm when he had a crow bar – and a second charge of false imprisonment following the September incident.

But the jury took just 20 minutes to convict him.

He had already pleaded guilty to wounding her during the same incident and assault and making a threat to kill her during the July incident when he threatened to burn the house down with her inside.

Judge Niclas Parry told him: “You have been convicted of what can only be described as a campaign of terror against the mother of your three children.

“In July of last year you grabbed her by the hair, you pulled her to the ground and punched her to the back of the head. You threatened to burn the house down with her inside it.”

At the time he had with him a can of fuel and a lighter.

“She would have been terrified,” he said.

“No doubt fortified by the belief that because she had not reported you in July, you carried out a premeditated, terrifying and sustained attack upon her in September.”

Mr Parry said Grey bombarded her with text messages which were “the most vile and threatening imaginable”.

He travelled to her house in the early hours with a bar and he set about her when she opened the door.

Grey dragged her into the lounge – no doubt so her screams would not be heard by neighbours – and hit her with the bar on the head and legs.

He ripped her pyjamas in an act of humiliation, Mr Parry said.

She still struggled to get away but it was then that he stamped on her face.

Mr Parry said the only reason he stopped was that he was disturbed by a child.

He then followed Miss Moore upstairs, sat on the bed with the crowbar and would not let her leave until later in the morning when a friend arrived and banged on the door.

Mr Parry told Grey he took into account that he “acted in a state of utter desperation at the falling apart of his personal life”.

A lifetime restraining order prevents him approaching Miss Moore in any way and he must not go within 100 metres of her home. Child contact must be arranged through an agreed third party.

Following the verdicts Robin Boag, defending, said that his client had appeared obsessional at times, but had now lost everything.

Grey said he had been angry that Miss Moore had a party and claimed that when he went to the house he found a couple having sex in her bed, which he said upset him because his three children were in the house at the time.

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