A JUDGE told a prolific offender who had threatened to kill a mum and strangle her toddler son: “This is the stuff of horror stories.”
Kyle Fell (30), of Rawmarsh Hill, Parkgate, had made the threats as he visited a friend’s house last December, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Mr Adam Walker, prosecuting, said Fell had visited his friend as the complainant was asleep upstairs with her three-year-old son, unaware the defendant was in her house.
The woman was woken up at 2.50am by a commotion downstairs and when she went downstairs she found Fell.
She asked him who he was talking about and he said: “I’ll set your house on fire, strangle your kid and kill you”, Mr Walker said.
“He threatened her again and gritted his teeth,” said Mr Walker.
The woman told Fell her son was in bed and that she was pregnant but the defendant told her: “I don’t care.”
Fell smashed items around downstairs while the woman ran upstairs, shut the door and called the police.
Mr Walker said the woman’s son had woken up and was aware of what was going on.
Fell said: “I’ll burn you f***ing alive”, and the woman could see him coming upstairs armed with a hammer.
He demanded that she provide him with a lighter and she assumed he wanted to set the house on fire, Mr Walker said.
When police officers arrived the woman ran out of the house crying.
Fell was “extremely aggressive and violent” when officers tried to speak to him at the station, Mr Walker said.
The woman said in a statement which was read to the court that she continued to feel fear and was apprehensive about living at her property and about Fell knowing her phone number.
Fell initially denied offences of making threats to kill and criminal damage but changed his plea at an earlier hearing.
He has 33 convictions for 68 previous offences, including kidnap and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Mitigating, Mr Clarkson Baptiste said Fell had initially denied the offences because he could not believe he had acted in that way towards his friends.
“His addictions to class A drugs and alcohol have led him into this situation where he is ashamed of himself for his actions,” said Mr Baptiste.
Jailing Fell for 28 months, Judge Peter Kelson said: “You know that this was a truly appalling and terrifying incident, and I am told by your barrister that you only pleaded not guilty because you could not believe that you could behave in this way towards friends.
“If you didn’t know before, you know now the effect that drugs have upon you, and this was a truly terrifying incident.”
Judge Kelson said Fell had made horrific threats to the woman and her son.
“You were threatening to set the house on fire, to strangle the child and to kill her,” he said.
“This is the stuff of horror stories.”