Man jailed after warning to ‘Get out of Ilkeston’

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A jealous lover was barred from contacting a rival after writing from a jail cell: “He had best get out of Ilkeston before I get out of here.

“I don’t think I will be able to keep my hands off him. He will not be running to the police because he won’t be able to walk.”

The letter was read at Derby Crown Court on Friday where 15 months’ custody was handed to Robert Grey, 53, whose address was given as Nottingham Prison.

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey also imposed a restraining order banning him from contacting John Scattergood for five years, saying: “By then Mr Grey will have grown up about it.

“While in prison, he wrote that this town ain’t big enough for both of us. If I was Mr Scattergood, I would be worried.”

Grey admitted assaulting Mr Scattergood on May 12 and writing a letter between May 13 and June 13 threatening to harm him. He also pleaded guilty to having amphetamines and breach of a suspended 
sentence.

Jim Metcalf, prosecuting, said Grey had been in a relationship with Tracy Cresswell but this deteriorated.

“She formed a friendship with Mr Scattergood but said it was a non-sexual relationship,” he told the court.

On May 12, she visited Mr Scattergood at a house in Ilkeston. Grey sent several texts asking her to return home but she refused.

“He went to the house and knocked on the door, making it clear that he wanted her to come out. He said he would count to 30 and after about 28 seconds she opened the door,” said Mr Metcalf.

“He barged his way in and set upon Mr Scattergood, punching him repeatedly,” added Mr Metcalf. The victim was struck about ten times which left him bruised and with a cut under one eye.

Kevin Waddingham, mitigating, said Grey had recently been bereaved and heavily relied on Ms Cresswell, who received the letter containing the threats.

“On May 25, he was in his cell and he was at a low ebb. The letter was written and part of his reasoning was to try and put some distance between Ms Cresswell and Mr Scattergood,” added Mr 
Waddingham.

“It doesn’t make pretty reading but the threats were made from a jail cell without the intent that they would be carried out.”