Husband’s threat to kill his wife

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A man who bombarded his wife with phone calls and text messages after they split up, and even made a threat to kill her, has been given a community order.

Darren and Alison Pusey had been in a relationship for eight years, with the couple being married for six years, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

But the couple, who lived in Glossop, split earlier this year, with Pusey then repeatedly contacting his wife through text messages, phone calls and Facebook, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Some of the messages were offensive and called Mrs Pusey names if she didn’t respond quickly enough, and many were sent between 3am and 4am, the court heard.

When Mrs Pusey went away for the weekend with her father, her husband called her numerous times before her father spoke to him on the phone and Pusey said he was going to kill his wife.

He had also contacted Mrs Pusey’s mother to try and find out where she was, as well as getting in contact with her 13-year-old daughter and her work colleagues, Mr Cooper said.

Pusey, 42, of Bramble Court, Millbrook, Stalybridge, admitted harassment at an earlier hearing.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “He accepts by virtue of his guilty plea that he ought to have known his behaviour amounted to harassment. The reality is at the time he didn’t.

“This behaviour is in the context of the defendant’s relationship and the breakdown of that relationship that he did not want to see happen but it happened anyway.

“The complainant accepts she contacted him. It isn’t quite as one-sided as it would appear.”

Pusey was given a 12-month community order with 200 hours’ unpaid work, supervision and a requirement to attend a specified activity for 15 days. He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.