A WREXHAM man has been jailed following a campaign of harassment against a former long-term partner.

David Laing, 38, of Hamden Way in Acrefair appeared before Mold Crown Court on Tuesday, November 14.

He was previously convicted of one count of harassment on October 16.

Karl Scholz, prosecuting, told the court that the incidents involved Laing and ex-partner Kiera Williams, who had been in a relationship for 13 years and had four children together.

In total, the incidents lasted between the period of July 15 and August 25 of this year, Mr Scholz said.

It began when the pair were at a bar together in Wrexham and had bumped into the brother of Ms Williams' ex-partner. The three of them then went to another bar together.

But, later that night, Laing accused her of 'flirting' with the man and the two men had 'clashed'. Ms Williams then left to stay at a friend's house that night.

The next day (July 16), at 9.30am, Laing turned up at the friend's house and was 'banging' on the door, shouting that Ms Williams had 'kids to look after'.

When the pair left, he proceeded to scream at her, before pushing her into a garden fence.

Laing then urged his then-partner to 'get him 10 cans' (of beer), to which she obliged.


Later that day, he threw one of the beer cans at her, causing it to splash over her.

Mr Scholz told the court that Laing also threw a bottle of hair mousse at the complainant, causing a 'cut to her thumb'.

The defendant then threw other objects such as a pint glass, smashed plates, punched a mirror and kicked a television.

Ms Williams then went to stay at another friend's house, the court was told, before then going to her parents' house, where her mum called the police.

Ms Williams made a statement on July 16 to police about what had happened, but this was then retracted after Laing made threats towards her on social media.

The threats continued as Laing sent 200 messages in the space of a week and made 48 calls in one day on August 25.

At 8.52pm that night, he turned up at Ms Williams' house and threatened to 'put her doors and windows in'.

He then hid in a shed, where police found him to be sleeping once they arrived at the scene that night.

In a victim personal statement, Ms Williams said the incidents had left her with a 'loss of confidence in day to day life'.

She added that she no longer leaves her home, or goes out to see friends or family.

Philip Clemo, defending, said that Laing conceded that his behaviour had been 'wholly unacceptable'.

He added that the defendant, a trained car mechanic, was someone who was 'clearly keen' to work with probation to address his issues.

One of those being an 'extremely unhealthy' relationship with alcohol, Mr Clemo added.

Sentencing Laing, Recorder Simon Mills said: "You treated your partner of 13 years, who you have four children with, in an absolutely dreadful way."

He added that Laing's 'appalling behaviour' had led to Ms Williams 'suffering very serious distress'.

Laing was sentenced to 20 months in jail and a 10-year restraining order was also made.