A WREXHAM man who threatened to kill his former partner in a series of menacing online messages has received a nine-month prison sentence.

But Mold Crown Court heard that Adam Eygenhuysen was be able to walk free from custody under licence as he had already served four-and-a-half months on remand waiting for trial.

Eygenhusen took the break up of his three-year relationship with Mercia Gomes so badly that he sent her alarming texts and WhatsAp messages in which he made threats to kill her and himself and told her what he would do if she called the police.

Judge Rhys Rowlands voiced concern that Ms Gomes had been reluctant to make complaints to the police about her partner’s behaviour in the past and noted: “She loved you and hoped you would change, but that is a depressing fact that the police have to deal with in these cases.”

But as Ms Gomes and another witness failed to answer a summons to attend court the judge directed a jury to clear Eygenhuysen of charges of racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and racially aggravated damage to property, both alleged on Ms Gomes.

The defendant did admit a charge of sending malicious communications with the intent to cause her distress.

Prosecuting barrister Frances Willmott said among the messages Eygenhuysen sent to Ms Gomes were “I’ll kill you and me” and “Block me, I’m going to snap your head anyway”.

He also warned her off when sending “Phone the police, I’ll f..ck them up and tell them to bring back-up”.

“He told her he was going to be either dead or in jail,” said the barrister.

Eygenhuysen, of Trooper Court, Hightown, Wrexham had 15 previous convictions, the court was told, including an assault and a wounding in 2012 for which he received a custodial sentence in a young offenders institution.

Defence barrister John Hedgecoe said the defendant had been in custody since his arrest in March.

“It was a very, very difficult relationship between the two of them,” said Mr Hedgecoe.

“She gave as good as she got in some of the messages, but what he has done and said is extremely unpleasant.

“He clearly is someone who is capable of violence, but he hasn’t used it in these sorts of circumstances.”

Mr Hedgecoe said his client accepted the restraining order imposed on him by Judge Rowlands who told him: “You have a sorry history of violence and disorder from an early age.

“This took the form of various threats sent to the victim and they were of a pretty serious nature. You could have been charged with making threats to kill and your sentence would have been twice as long.

“You are also fortunate there has not been a trial on the more serious of these charges.”