Ballymena Court: Man threatened to kill ex-partner and ‘feed her to the pigs’

Ballymena Courthouse

A MAN who left threatening voice messages saying he would kill his ex-partner and feed her “to the pigs” received a suspended jail sentence at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Shane Pond (32), of Waveney Court, Ballymena, admitted a charge of persistently using a public electronic communications network for the purpose of ‘causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety’.

A prosecutor said a woman received voice messages of a threatening nature last December when the defendant said: “I’ll kill you, take your teeth with a hammer and feed you to the pigs, nobody will find you. I will kill you in front of your children”.

The messages continued: “I will petrol bomb the house with you inside. I will beat the granny out of you and your family.”

Pond, the court was told, had a previously clear record.

The defendant appeared in court via video link from his defence solicitor’s office.

The solicitor said the woman lived in London and the defendant had no intention of “going near” her.

The lawyer said the defendant had lived here for five years and had left London “to get away from his problems”.

The solicitor said there had been “no further incidents” since last December.

The lawyer claimed the woman had been “constantly contacting” the defendant who ended up in Holywell Hospital “because of those phone calls” and when he was released there were further calls which “broke the camel’s back”.

Pond, the court – sitting in Antrim – was told, admitted he sent the messages and “doesn’t derive any great deal of pride from what he said” and has now changed his number and disconnected his Facebook.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “serious case” and imposed a three months jail term, suspended for a year; and put a one year Restraining Order in place.

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