Ex threatened to set fire to Padiham student nurse

Burnley Crown Court.''
Burnley Crown Court.''

A SLAUGHTERMAN who subjected a Padiham student nurse to a campaign of terror even though he was banned from contacting her, has been released from jail.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Kevin Wilkinson (25) had threatened his ex-partner with death and had told her he would set her on fire, torch her home, kill her brother and put a bullet in her father.

He had repeatedly flouted a restraining order made by the town’s magistrates and carried out a catalogue of bullying behaviour, aimed at intimidating and controlling his scared victim.

Wilkinson, who had been dumped by the victim after a brief relationship, had got back together with her after the order was made, carried on tormenting her and then stepped up his menacing conduct after she finished with him again.

The hearing was told Wilkinson’s father had legally kept shotguns at the time and the woman, who lives in Padiham, was gripped with even more fear after comments from the defendant about firearms.

She was later to tell police: “I honestly believe he won’t stop until I’m dead. I don’t know what else to do. I need help. I cannot live my life like this.”

Wilkinson, of Higher Ramsgreave Road, Blackburn, admitted seven counts of breaching a restraining order.

The defendant, who has been on remand since October, was given 34 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision and the Building Better Relationships programme, run by the probation service. He must pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Judge Jonathan Gibson, who extended the restraining order until January 2015, said the suspended term would provide Wilkinson with the necessary supervision and intensive input needed for the protection of any future partner.

Sarah Statham (prosecuting) said the victim ended her two-month relationship with the defendant last May and he started harassing her, threatening to slash her car tyres and cut her brakes.

He was convicted last May and the justices imposed the two-year restraining order.

Miss Statham said that, in July, the pair were at his parents’ rural barn home, the victim was sleeping on the sofa and the defendant came downstairs and told her it was going to get hot in the lounge as he was going to pour lighter fluid on her and set her on fire.

The student nurse ended up having to be escorted to her car by security staff after university lectures.

The prosecutor added: “The defendant had made comments in relation to firearms.

“His father had access to shotguns at the time. He has voluntarily surrendered these shotguns to the police. He did have a shotgun licence.”

Thomas Gilbart (defending) said the defendant’s pre-sentence report stated Wilkinson recognised he had a deep-seated problem with relationships and radically needed to change.

The barrister said the defendant had been on remand since last October – the equivalent of a seven month sentence – and it had had a significant deterrent effect upon him.