'Those were wicked e-mails to send': Leeds man sent drunk messages threatening to kill former girlfriend

A man threatened to kill his former girlfriend in a series of abusive e-mails sent to her from his home in Leeds.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 11:45 am

Nathan Christie told the woman that she "didn't deserve to be breathing" during the foul-mouthed drunken messages.

Leeds Crown Court heard Christie and the victim had been in a serious relationship for three years but it ended in 2018 due to his violence towards her.

Martin Robertshaw, prosecuting, said the woman received counselling for depression and anxiety as a result of the relationship breaking down,

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Christie e-mailed the woman in November last year saying he wanted to get back with her and that he was going to kill himself.

Mr Robertshaw said the defendant then sent malicious and threatening messages in December 27.

Christie called the woman a "piece of s***" and that he was going to end her life.

Another message stated: "I'm coming for you tomorrow."

Christie was arrested and admitted sending the message when he was interviewed by police officers.

Mr Robertshaw said: "He said it was an on-off relationship and that he loved her and didn't want to kill her."

"He said he was drunk when he sent the e-mails and he was depressed."

Christie, of Church Row, Kirkgate, Leeds, pleaded guilty to sending a malicious communication.

The court heard Christie has previous convictions for violence, including one for domestic violence.

Christie, 27, was not represented by a barrister in court.

A probation officer said the defendant was suitable to attend a programme to address his mental health and drinking issues.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order and told he must complete 20 rehabilitation requirement days.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: "You know that those were wicked e-mails to send.

"You could go to custody.

"If you commit any further offences during that 12-month period or you do not comply you will be back for breaching the order."