Threat made to cut throat of partner in front of child

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When he returned home drunk a man made a threat to cut his partner’s throat while his seven-year-old daughter was present, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Amaral Rui Sergio Borba (37), Thomas Street, Portadown, was given 100 hours’ community service for making a threat to kill on April 12 this year.

The court heard that at approximately 11.15pm police went to an address in Portadown and spoke to a female injured party.

She made a complaint, with the help of a friend who spoke English, that earlier in the evening the defendant had come home and said to her “I’m going to cut your throat”.

Their seven-year-old daughter was present at the time.

The defendant later attended at Edward Street custody suite and when interviewed made a full admission.

He had only been in Northern Ireland from the previous December to try and get employment and be closer to his daughter.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

Mr Richard Monteith, representing the defendant, said his client accepted what was said but there had been nothing before this incident and nothing since. All the options were open in the pre-sentence report.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the aggravating feature of the case was that the child was present when the threat was made.

He added that in the absence of any record he was minded to consider community service.