Man who left his ex-partner ‘terrified’ when he tracked her down and burnt out her car has 18 months jail term affirmed

Antrim Courthouse.

A MAN who left his ex-partner “terrified” when he tracked her down to a new address in the Ballymena area and burnt out her £5,000 car has been jailed for 18 months after an appeal against his sentence was dismissed.

CCTV put up at the house by the woman showed her ex-partner Nathan Nealson (21), with an address at Islay Street in Antrim, at the scene.

The appeal was listed at Antrim Courthouse this week.

A prosecutor previously told Ballymena Magistrates Court the Fire Service attended the blaze involving the car worth £5,000, on April 3 this year.

The defendant was sentenced at the Magistrates Court on charges of arson and breaching a Restraining Order.

A defence barrister had told the Magistrates Court Nealson was “deeply regretful” for what he had done during the incident on April 3 this year.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the earlier hearing a victim impact statement showed the attack had a “profound effect” on the woman and she had been put in “great fear”.

He said Nealson had “terrified this young lady”.

The judge said the defendant had acted in a very deliberate and dangerous way and unlike some cases it had not been some “drunken reaction” but instead there had been premeditation and planning involved.

Nealson had been given a one year sentence and a six months suspended sentence was also activated giving him a total sentence of 18 months.

The court heard that last November the defendant had been given a six months sentence suspended for two years in connection with an incident when he had assaulted the woman on July 12, 2018.

At the Magistrates Court, Nealson was also given a five year Restraining Order and was excluded from going within 500 metres of his former partner’s address.

Bail had been fixed for appeal but Judge Broderick said the defendant was not to be released from prison ahead of the appeal which has now been dealt with at Antrim County Court.

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