Made threat to kill ex’s family

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

An alcoholic Glossop woman who threatened to kill her ex-husband’s brother-in-law has been given a community order.

Jane Reape began calling Michael Baker at 5pm on November 5, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. When Mr Baker answered the phone she began shouting abuse at him so he hung up, prosecutor John Cooper said.

But Reape continued calling though Mr Baker ignored her calls as he recognised her number when it came up on the caller ID. Later in the evening, Mr Baker switched on his answer machine and when he checked it, Reape had left a number of messages.

In the first, she threatened to stab Mr Baker and accused him of destroying her family.

Shortly afterwards, she called again and again threatened to kill Mr Baker, calling him “scum” as well as threatening to kill his family.

Police were called and in interview, Reape said she couldn’t remember making the calls.

The 44-year-old, of Millersdale Court, admitted sending by a public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene or menacing message.

Karina Lyon, defending, said: “One of the key factors is alcohol. That is something Mrs Reape recognises and she would like to work with the probation service with an alcohol treatment requirement.

“It seems that when she separated from her husband and her son chose to live with his father, that is what led to her mental breakdown. She has turned to alcohol.

“Prior to this she is somebody who hadn’t struggled.

“She is a lady of good character prior to 2013 and unfortunately her use of alcohol has led to her downfall.

“She wishes to express remorse to the court for her actions.”

Reape was given a 12-month community order with a 12-week curfew from 6pm to 6am and an alcohol treatment requirement.

She must pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.