A BUSINESS owner who made death threats to an ex-partner for refusing to terminate their unborn child has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Ian Buchanan (39) tried to persuade the woman to have an abortion, but when she refused, he threatened to stab the baby and poison her dogs, Sheffield Crown Court heard yesterday (Tuesday).
Mr Richard Davies, prosecuting, said Buchanan had known his victim for about 14 years and they had started seeing each other for about five months from November 2019.
Buchanan had never been violent or abusive to her but that changed after the relationship ended.
The woman sent Buchanan a text in April to say she was pregnant with his child and he responded to say he wanted her to have an abortion.
She said she wanted to keep the baby and Buchanan said he wanted nothing to do with it, Mr Davies said.
Three days later Buchanan began to send her abusive threats by text — including one in which he said she should ‘Drop f***ing dead’.
Mr Davies said Buchanan had threatened to set someone on her — a man the woman knew to be in prison.
He threatened to stab their unborn baby and poison her dogs.
Buchanan said he would get a car full of men to come to her house, smash her house up and rape her, Mr Davies said.
The woman said she would not tell anyone that Buchanan was the baby’s father and she just wanted him to leave her alone.
She kept her dogs inside the house and had problems sleeping, Mr Davies said.
In July, Buchanan turned up drunk at her house, damaged her front door and started screaming at her.
Later that month, he drove past her house beeping his horn, and the following day, after she had contacted the police, he called her from an unrecognised number.
Buchanan, of Walesmoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, pleaded guilty to an offence of harassment by putting a person in fear of violence at a hearing in February.
Mitigating, Ms Bianca Brasoveanu said: “Looking back, he looks at a man he no longer recognises.
“At the time of the offending, almost a year ago, the defendant felt under a lot of pressure and was not coping.”
The court heard Buchanan owned a driveway and paving business that employed eight people.
Recorder David Kelly sentenced Buchanan to 28 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, and ordered him to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.
“You were concerned that if it became known you had fathered a child, your relationship with your daughter, for whom you have some caring responsibilities, and your relationship with her mother would be placed in jeopardy,” he said.
“Your way of dealing with that was to embark on a campaign of blood-curdling threats towards your victim in the most extreme, violent and insulting language, all to persuade her to have an abortion, or if not an abortion, to remain silent as to who the father was.”
Buchanan was ordered to pay £650 compensation for the damage he caused to the woman’s door.