Man jailed after admitting threatening behaviour in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 08:52 06 September 2016


A jealous boyfriend has been jailed after he returned to his ex-partner’s Honiton home drunk and accused her of seeing another man.

Joshua Sandercock had been removed from the same house by police exactly a week before, prior to causing a fresh disturbance by shouting threats from the street.

A window was broken at the house in Honiton and ex-partner Kirsty Zarczynski called police in panic when Sandercock came in through a door. She had asked an friend to stay the night to protect her after she received a series of threats from Sandercock on Snapchat, one of which included a photo of him outside her home in Livermore Road. He accused her of having a relationship with her friend Ben Price, who had to arm himself with a knife when Sandercock got into the house.

Mr Price and Miss Zarczynski both made repeated phone calls to the police during the incident, which carried on for 20 minutes before officers arrived.

Sandercock, aged 25, of Fore Street, Cullompton, admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour and was jailed for 18 weeks by Recorder Mr William Mousley, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

The sentence means he will be released immediately because he has already served the time while on remand or on tagged curfew.

Sandercock admitted the offence after more serious allegations of aggravated burglary and affray were dropped.

The judge also imposed a three-year restraining order forbidding any contact with the victim and banning Sandercock from the Orange Tree night club and Three Tuns pubs in Honiton.

The judge told him: “Miss Zarczynski no doubt became upset and scared and there was a time before the police arrived when you went into her home. You challenged her and accused her of seeing another man.

“You had been drinking and your behaviour inside and outside the house was threatening, abusive and insulting and made Miss Zarczynski fear that violence would ensue.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Miss Zarczynski had ended a two-month relationship with Sandercock shortly before and had already had to call police a week before this offence when he turned up at her house drunk.

She said they had met on May 13 this year but he had become abusive and when she was out at a pub later that evening she received a number of threatening messages on Snapchat.

The messages made it clear he was upset she was with someone else and she asked Mr Price, who is an old friend, to go stay the night at her house as protection.

Sandercock arrived shortly after midnight and was shouting threats from the street before he went to the house, where there was a confrontation which caused Mr Price to pick up a knife.

Miss Eagles said shouting could be heard in the background of some of the 999 calls which were made by Miss Zarczynski and Mr Price in the 20 minutes before police arrived.

She said: “Mr Price was also heard on the calls being very aggressive and threatening to go outside and stab the defendant. Once inside Sandercock can be heard challenging Miss Zarczynski about why there is another male in the house.

“Our case is that he should not have been there and was clearly not welcome. He told police he still lived at the house and had not broken in.”

Miss Emily Cook, defending, said Sandercock has two young children, and works as a landscaper. She said he became angry after returning to what he considered to be his home and seeing another man through the bedroom window.

She said he now accepts the relationship is over and plans to move back to Honiton so he can seek work and be closer to his children.

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