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He threatened to 'terrorise' her and ignored a restraining order before assaulting her. A man stormed his former girlfriend's home and forced his way into her locked bedroom while she cowered in fear. Andrew Priestley threatened to "terrorise" Natasha Smith after they split up and "completely ignored" a restraining order. He went to her house in the early hours of the morning when she was asleep in bed before confronting and assaulting her.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Priestley - who has 26 convictions for 75 offences - left her "constantly living in fear". But the year-old, of no fixed address but originally from Widnes , said he was sorry and never meant to cause her any distress. The court heard Priestley was in a relationship with Ms Smith for around 18 months, before they split in early Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said "as a result of matters" a two-year restraining order was made against Priestley on May 30, But he had already breached it twice before an incident at her home in Speke at around 3.
Mr Blasbery said Ms Smith had been visiting family in the Widnes area, before she returned home at around She heard a knock at her front door and answered it to Priestley, who "forced his way into the hallway of her home, pushing her using his elbow, which thankfully resulted in no injury". Liverpool's courts are some of the busiest in the UK, with a huge variety of cases being heard each week. To get a behind the scenes look at how they work and the moments that don't make our stories, subscribe to our free weekly Echo Court Files newsletter, written by court reporter Neil Docking.
Mr Blasbery said: "She then was that scared she ran up to her bedroom and locked the door because she was in fear of violence from Mr Priestley. The court heard Priestley tried to grab her handbag and there was "tussling" between the pair, during which he grabbed and bruised her wrist.
The victim said her ex took her car keys and taunted her, before she said she would call the police and he fled. Mr Blasbery said: "He described the contents of her statement as comical. He denied anything happened and he denied any knowledge of the injuries.
He said in a victim statement, Ms Smith said Priestley "completely ignored" the restraining order and in her own words "she feels that the order offers her little protection from this whatsoever". Mr Blasbery said: "She says she is constantly living in fear of him and what he may do, which has caused her a lot of distress. He added: "The fire service have had to be involved, they have fitted alarms and letter box protection. Ms Smith described how Priestley threatened to "terrorise her", had made threats to her mum, and said: "He just won't take no for an answer.
The lawyer said: "He's told me that he wants to be absolutely no more trouble to his former partner. He is really very sorry and though he accepts he did cause distress, really never meant to. He said Priestley accepted the relationship was over and didn't oppose a new restraining order.
Mr Killen said his client had turned to drink and drugs "to get away from his problems". He said: "It was in that state, of a more chaotic life, that he committed these offences, for which I've said he apologises. Judge David Potter told Priestley that when he entered his victim's home, "she, fearing your violent tendencies, fled to her bedroom and locked the door".
He said: "She was therefore in a state of constant fear and distress and had certain adaptations to her house to give her a sense of protection in her own home. Judge Potter jailed Priestley for 15 months and made a new indefinite restraining order, warning him that breaching it carried a maximum sentence of five years in jail. He said: "If you were foolish enough to breach this restraining order again, the sentences of imprisonment will only ever be greater than that which you have received today.
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