A WREXHAM man, who threatened to kill his girlfriend during a week-long campaign of abuse, has been jailed for 18 months.

Thomas Jordan Sharpe, who had previously subjected Natasha Hughes to 299 abusive phone calls over another seven day period, told her "I'm going to take your family down one by one" and "If I get my hands on you, you are dead."

Appearing at Mold Crown Court for sentencing, Sharpe, 26, of of Alwen, Acrefair, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence between January 12-19, 2019.

The court heard that Sharpe and Ms Hughes had begun a relationship in June, 2018, but it was described by Anna Pope, prosecuting, as "rocky" and the police were called on numerous occasions.

One incident had involved Sharpe punching a TV and pushing Ms Hughes and when the relationship ended in August 2018 he had called her 299 times and stood outside her house watching.

The couple had resumed their relationship, but on January 12, Ms Hughes said Sharpe was "grumpy after not having cannabis" and the pair had an argument where he pushed her backwards.

Sharpe then began his campaign of abusive calls, telling the terrified mum: "If I go down, I'm going down for something worthwhile,"

On January 18, the police were called, but Sharpe continued to call after they attended, threatening to "have her child removed","smash her mother's windows" and put revealing images of Ms Hughes in the bath on Facebook.

The court heard she had contacted a women's refuge and felt unable to unplug the phone in case they called and so was unable to escape Sharpe's hate campaign.

Defending, Mark Connor, said Sharpe, who had 21 previous convictions for 45 offences, had been deeply affected by the deaths of his mother when he was eight-years-old and his baby daughter.

Sentencing Sharpe, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: "It was deeply upsetting and controlling behaviour. It was designed to frighten her and you succeeded in doing that."

Sharpe was also given a five year restraining order from approaching Ms Hughes.