A JILTED lover who repeatedly threatened to kill his ex-partner has been snared under legislation designed to protect people from harassment.
Snieguole Urbonaviciene was subjected to a string of threatening text messages from her former partner of nine years Olegas Podolianko after their relationship ended.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard he was jealous that she had a new partner.
The abuse culminated in Podolianko forcing his way into her home in Newcome Road, Kingston, and defecating on her kitchen floor after threatening to kill her and himself.
He also cut himself, leaving trails of blood throughout the house to her bedroom, where Ms Urbonaviciene’s partner found Podolianko wrapped in a duvet and bleeding.
The emergency services were called and he was taken to hospital where he was later arrested.
Podolianko, of Pagham Road, Bognor, admitted putting a person in fear of violence by harassment between May 21 and 25. He was given a restraining order to last indefinitely and sentenced to five months in jail suspended for two years.
Podolianko must also do 80 hours of unpaid work, pay £305 compensation and £350 costs.
The court heard text messages Podolianto had sent to his ex-partner left her had left her too afraid to stay in her own home, despite the locks being changed.
One of the messages read: ‘OK, I have no choice but to kill you but you are not going to be with him, not today not tomorrow. You will only be mine...’
Det Con Charlie Cox said: ‘In all relationships there are two people involved and even after nine years when a relationship ends you don’t necessarily want to other one to go to prison, but you do want to be believed and you do want to be protected and I think the sentence has done and will do this.
‘This wasn’t a classic stalking offence but we have used existing legislation to protect somebody in a domestic situation from abuse from their ex partner.
‘Hampshire police have always taken very seriously any reports of domestic abuse where the victim has received controlling, abusive behaviour as well as violent behaviour towards them and we will always look to support the victim and to use the available legislation to protect the victim.’
The Home Office is consulting on a proposed bill which would create an offence of domestic abuse. It would take into account a course of conduct of physical and/or psychological domestic abuse and whether that abuse was coercive and controlling. Visit gov.uk/government/consultations/strengthening-the-law-on-domestic-abuse.