Richmond man jailed after sending threatening messages

York Magistrates' Court.

A 29-year-old Richmond man has been jailed for 20 weeks for sending threatening messages to his former partner and a police sergeant.

Kieron Lawson, of Beechfield Road, admitted two counts of sending a threatening electronic telephone communication to his ex-partner and a named female police sergeant.

He appeared for sentence at York Magistrates’ Court on Friday (April 8) when he was jailed for the “appalling” offences which “conveyed a threat for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety” to the victims.

Lawson sent a threatening message to his ex-partner, who was named in court, on January 27, and one of a similarly “appalling” nature to the female police sergeant on December 8 last year.

He was given a five-year restraining order which prohibits him from contacting both women.

It also bans him from entering the street in Colburn where his ex-partner lives and any address where he believes the police sergeant to reside.

He was also ordered to pay £150 costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

Lawson was originally charged with further alleged offences of making threats to kill his ex-partner, the same police sergeant and a named man.

He denied these allegations and the case was set down for trial, but they were ultimately withdrawn by the prosecution.