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Rugby man who threatened ex-girlfriend with acid is jailed

Rugby Editorial 6th Mar, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A Rugby woman was terrified when she was woken to find her ex-boyfriend, who had threatened to throw acid in her face, standing over her bed.

Peter Ellery, who had expected to find someone with her, then simply turned and left when he saw she was alone, Warwick Crown Court has heard.

Ellery, 28, of Sandown Road was jailed for 14 months after he pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.

He was also given a consecutive one-month sentence for offences of producing cannabis, which he had also admitted.

Prosecutor Alex Warren said Ellery had been in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend for about 18 months before they broke up October last year.

Thought to be jealous and obsessed she may be with someone else, Ellery began bombarding her with texts, most of which she ignored – apart from asking him to leave her alone.

Threatening in the texts to shoot her and to throw acid in her face, he warned her: “You need to hide from me or get out of this town.”

Ellery also told her: “When I see you I’m going to stab you in the face and your new man in the neck.”

Then on October 31, at the house she shares with two friends, she was in bed at eight in the morning when she was woken by Ellis pulling the duvet off and standing over her.

Mr Warren added: “It was obvious he was expecting to find someone with her; but that was not the case, and he looked surprised, and then left”.

A few days later she had left home to go to work when Ellery, who had been lying in wait, pulled out of a side road in front of her, forcing her to stop.

He got out and walked towards her car shouting at her, but she managed to reverse away and drive round his car.

She reported the incident to the police, and when officers went to his home to arrest him they found evidence of cannabis cultivation in three bedrooms – although a previous hearing accepted this was for personal consumption.

Walter Bealby, defending, said: “He should not have been there. He went there to find out if there was another man in that bed. 

“That’s no excuse, but he was very upset about the break-up of the relationship.”

Jailing Ellery, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “When she ended the relationship, you became angry, jealous and very possessive, and you began a three-week campaign of harassment.

“I have read those messages. They are frankly outrageous. They are the type of thing no human being should have to bear, particularly one with whom you have had a relationship.

“Given the background of the threats you had made to kill her and to throw acid over her, one can only imagine how terrified that young woman would have been.”

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