Burnley dad threatened to murder his ex

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A YOUNG dad struggling with the breakdown of a romance left chilling midnight messages threatening murder, a court heard.

Matthew Brookfield (26) told Danielle McGrath, the mother of his child, he would set her car on fire with her, and her partner, in it. He said: “I’m going to kill you both.”

Ms McGrath was terrified by Brookfield’s threats. Burnley magistrates were told she and had not slept since and her sister had had to stay with her. She told police she was “completely freaked out” and could not take more of Brookfield’s behaviour. She had stopped eating and had not been able to concentrate at work.

Brookfield, of Tiverton Drive, Burnley, admitted sending a communication conveying a threatening message. He had no previous convictions and was bailed until March 21st for a pre- sentence report. The Bench said they were considering a community order, with unpaid work.

Mrs Enza Geldard (prosecuting) said Ms McGrath (23) was in a relationship with Brookfield from July 2005 until September 2010, and they had a child.

On March 3rd he left several voice messages, all around midnight. One threatened her with murder and another said: “I’m going to destroy you. You will wish you had never been born. I am going to murder you both.”

Mr Daniel Frazer (defending) said he did not take the separation particularly well and it had taken him time to accept the relationship was over.

He had a big issue over Ms McGrath’s partner being a father figure to his child. The defendant had had a drink, was upset at how his life had turned out and emotions got the better of him. He was on medication for depression.

Mr Frazer added: “It was 20 minutes of stupidity. He acted in a way he’s completely ashamed of. He feels he has let himself down and his family down.”