Teen admits threat to kill ex-partner

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A teenager who threatened to kill his ex-partner held a knife to her throat during an argument.

Macauley Hinchcliffe also warned police when they arrived: “I am going to kill her. Just wait till I get out”.

When interviewed, he claimed that she had held a knife towards him and he had grabbed it, for fear he might be stabbed, a court heard.

The 19-year-old of Broomfield Road, Fleetwood, appeared at Preston Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill, criminal damage and common assault on October 18 last year.

Clare Thomas, prosecuting, said the couple had earlier been in a nine-month relationship, but had split up three weeks before.

Hinchcliffe went to her home, by arrangement, but went on to pin his victim by her throat on two occasions.

When she asked him to leave, he kept repeating: “If you ring the police I’ll kill you.”

The court heard he went on to punch and kick her before kicking the TV and stabbing the knife into the wall.

Russell Davies, defending, said the teenager had now spent five months on remand, which was the equivalent of a 10-month sentence.

He said: “He has spent five months in an adult prison and during that time he has been bullied.”

Hinchcliffe was given a two-year community order, which includes supervision by probation, and participation in a domestic violence programme.

The judge, Recorder Andrew Long, told him: “The fact of the matter is you have served the equivalent of a 10 months sentence. Hopefully, you have been taught a lesson you will never forget”.