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Young Derbyshire drunkard went berserk when he was dumped

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A heavily drunk 29-year-old Derbyshire man terrified his ex-partner by plunging a kitchen knife through a door at the home they had shared. Derby Crown Court heard how alcohol abuser Ryan Scott “returned to the bottle” struggling to cope with her finishing their relationship.

While her four-year-old daughter was asleep upstairs, the defendant returned to the address, pushed the victim to the chest and then rifled through the kitchen drawer and pulled out the blade.

Jailing him for 13 months, Recorder Patrick Upward QC said: “Your behaviour was quite unacceptable and terrifying for a woman you shared a home with and who trusted you. You threatened her with a knife and plunged it through the kitchen door.

“The assault was minor but you are a big man but that push would have frightened her.” David Eager, prosecuting, said Scott and the victim began a relationship that by April 2021 she had ended and asked the defendant to leave.

He said Scott packed his bags and left but took a key which he returned later the same day. The prosecutor said: “Sadly that wasn’t the end of it because he returned just before midnight in an intoxicated state, became aggressive and pushed her to the chest causing her to fall backwards into a chair.

“She ran upstairs and rang the police and then went back down and saw the defendant open the kitchen drawer and arm himself with a knife. She said he started moving it in a stabbing motion and stabbed the door, the knife went through the dor.

“(The victim) was terrified and locked herself in a bedroom, her four-year-old daughter was sleeping upstairs and the police arrived.”

Mr Eager said days later Scott sent the victim apologetic messages and she received missed calls from him during the early hours of April 15 and again on April 21.

He said Scott, of Poppy Fields Close, Matlock, was arrested and said: “I am going down for this aren’t I?”

He pleaded guilty to threatening a person with a knife, criminal damage, harassment and assault by beating and has 11 previous convictions for 16 offences.

In her victim impact statement the woman told how she “feels scared and has flashbacks about being threatened with a knife.”

Nicola Patten, mitigating, said her client had a “significant alcohol problem” and had “gone back to the bottle” on the evening of the knife offence.

She said: “He tells me he has never been arrested while sober.

“On the day in question she told him the relationship was over and he did not react well to that as he felt his stability in life was crumbling around him. He is incredibly sorry for the distress and terror he put (the victim) through that evening.”

As well as handing Scott a jail sentence, the judge also handed him a five-year restraining order

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