A Warilla man who repeatedly threatened to kill his partner during a fit of rage has been sentenced to a minimum 12months in prison.
Scott Pymble yesterday pleaded guilty in Wollongong Local Court to one count of using a carriage service to threaten serious harm and one count of intimidation after admitting he text-messaged death threats to his ex-girlfriend.
The court heard Pymble and the woman had been living together in Lake Heights, having moved from Mount Druitt earlier this year, when Pymble sent the woman a series of threatening text messages on October 4.
In one message, Pymble told the woman he’d slit her throat and let their young son ‘‘play in ya blood’’.
In another, he said he was on his way to her place and wasn’t going to leave ‘‘without taking your life’’.
Police attended the property about 2pm, taking a statement from the woman before leaving.
She called them back three hours later when Pymble turned up at the property.
Officers arrested him and placed him in a police paddy wagon.
At the time, he could be heard yelling out threats to the woman, including that he was going to kill her.
‘‘It’s not a threat, it’s a promise,’’ he yelled towards her.
The court heard Pymble, who was on parole at the time, suffered from bipolar disorder.
His lawyer, John Gallagher, said since he had been in custody, he had come a long way in sorting out the right medication for his illness.
Mr Gallagher also said his client had little recollection of sending the text messages, following a recent three-day ice binge.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart accepted Pymble’s mental health issues but said the matters were very serious.
Magistrate Stoddart set a non-parole period of 12 months.
Pymble was also sentenced to jail on a separate charge of breaking into a house in Baulkham Hills, in north-west Sydney, in May this year.
With time already served, Pymble will be eligible for parole in October next year.