Exmouth: knife wielding drunk jailed
PUBLISHED: 13:28 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 August 2016
Sam Tigwell, from Exmouth, has been jailed for two years after threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and baby son
A knife wielding drunk from Exmouth has been jailed for subjecting his ex-girlfriend to a terrifying ordeal in which he threatened to kill her and their baby son.
Samuel Tigwell tried to humiliate his victim by luring her to the centre of Exmouth where he threw money at her and shouted abuse at her before storming off.
He followed her back to her home where he hammered on the kitchen window while brandishing a knife with a six inch blade and making threats.
Tigwell, who was branded a ‘thorough nuisance’ by a judge at Exeter Crown Court, was jailed and warned he must expect a long sentence if he carries on his drunken and violent behaviour.
The victim made an impact statement which said she Tigwell had acted ‘like a madman’ and she had been terrified for the safety of herself and her child.
Tigwell, aged 25, of Cunningham Road, Exmouth, admitted affray and possessing a knife in a public place and was jailed for two years by Recorder Mr Michael Parroy, QC.
The judge also made a restraining order banning any contact with his ex, who has moved away from Exmouth.
He told Tigwell: “You have a long history of offending. You get yourself drunk and high on drugs and carry out actions which distress and threaten other people.
“You have been doing that for many a long year and have been extremely lucky in how you have been treated by the courts in the past, repeatedly receiving conditional discharges, many of which you have breached with no action taken.
“It is perfectly clear these actions were quite deliberate. You enticed the victim to town by telling her you would leave money for her.
“You did that simply to get her to a location where while drunk, and in her words behaving like a madman, shouted abuse and threw money at her, no doubt causing her intense embarrassment and fear.
“You went back to her house where you were shouting, swearing a knife around and behaving in a thoroughly violent manner, saying you were going to kill her.
“That sort of behaviour is wholly unacceptable. If you go on behaving like this there will come a stage when you get a really heavy sentence.”
Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Tigwell had been in a relationship which had broken up and he became unhappy when his ex invited a cousin to live in her home because she was worried about being harassed.
On May 11 Tigwell sent her a text saying he was going to leave £50 for their child at a shop but it was not there when she went to fetch it and he intercepted her in the street.
Miss Eagles said: “He walked towards her looking drunk. He was carrying a metal child’s piggy bank which he put on the ground and she picked up. It contained £20. He shouted and swore at her and she said he was like a madman.”
She went back to her ground floor flat in Cheshire Road where Tigwell arrived after sending texts which threatened to run down her and her child with a car.
She then heard banging on the kitchen window and saw him outside with a knife, shouting and making more threats which made her very scared for the safety of herself, the baby, and her cousin.
She made an impact statement which said: “I was afraid of Sam and did not want to see him because of the way he behaves unpredictably. I feel frightened all the time. He keeps harassing me. I think he has lost the plot and could carry out his threats.”
Mr Alistair Haggerty, defending, said alcohol and substance abuse are the root cause of Tigwell’s offending and he is motivated to tackle his problems.
He said a report by the addiction service Rise said he needs one-to-one treatment which is not currently available. He has succeeded in saying drug free while on remand despite substances being available in prison.
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