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Shotgun and bomb threats to partner land Paul Mansfield of St Ives in court

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

A ST IVES man alleged to have verbally threatened his partner with a shotgun and petrol bombs told the police he was sorry and had done so after drinking four 'cans' and said that he loved his girlfriend.

He said his remarks had been prompted by a disagreement between them involving her mother.

Paul Mansfield, 31, of Carnstabba Road, St Ives, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to harassing Sara Ezzegraoui by sending numerous abusive text messages to her and making several threatening telephone calls. He also admitted breaching a conditional discharge.

Gail Hawkley, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the couple had been in a relationship for nine months and she was pregnant with his child.

They lived separately. There had been a dispute regarding alleged interference by the victim's mother.

Mansfield had made more than 30 abusive text messages and eight telephone calls, during which he threatened to burn down the victim's house, or find her in a dark alley and attack her.

He told police later: "I was wound up by her going back to her mother about me."

Martin Pearce, for the defence, said Mansfield suffered from a blood cancer and was on strong painkillers.

He said the offences had sprung from a disagreement when Mansfield felt she was involving her mother in their private affairs. He was sorry for his behaviour but denied some of the threats attributed to him.

Mansfield was given a two- year community order with a building better relationships programme and had to pay £145 costs and surcharge.

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