A jilted boyfriend who threatened to slit his ex-girlfriend’s throat and tortured her cat has been spared jail – after she revealed they’re back together.
Glen Dempsey burgled Shauna Robbin’s flat twice, stealing her cat and showering it before closing a door on its head – all of which he filmed and sent to her.
The 23-year-old also threatened to kill his ex and her brother, sending texts saying he would ‘slit her throat’ and ‘cut her brother from ear to ear’.
He also uploaded ‘inappropriate’ pictures of Ms Robbins to Facebook , which were later deleted.
But he avoided an almost inevitable jail sentence after Ms Robbins, who revealed they had got back together, sent a pleading letter to the judge.
Instead, he must attend a ‘Building Better Relationships’ course, the Liverpool ECHO reports.
Judge Elizabeth Nicholls told Dempsey he owed his partner ‘a great debt’ after persuading her not to put him behind bars.
back together: both pictured outside the court premises
But she warned him that unless he ‘addressed his issues’ he would ‘become a disturbed young man.’
Dempsey, Liverpool Crown Court heard, was still traumatised by the death of his brother in Dublin, which prompted his own five year suspended sentence for firearm offences in 2012.
He spent a year in custody before his conviction for that crime, as ‘he was in fear of his own life;’, and what would happen if he remained on the streets, his barrister Holly Betke, said.
Dempsey, who admitted animal cruelty and harassment, and was found guilty of two counts of burglary, claimed the cat’s head ‘got stuck’ when closing the door.
In the fall out with Miss Robbins, police were informed of a fire at her home, before it was discovered and put out by neighbour Rafal Marko, last November.
The pair had lived together for six months at her flat in Walton before their break-up.
Judge Nicholls described Dempsey’s actions towards the cat as ‘spiteful’, and posting the abuse video to his ex-girlfriend as ‘the actions of a disturbed young man,’
She said: “This was to inflict emotional pain on Miss Robbins.
“I am told both of you want to resume your relationship and Miss Robbins has stated she does not want you to go to custody and she acknowledges you need help and assistance.
“You should be very grateful to her, she has explored your past – you are a troubled young man who has failed to address significant and traumatic events in your past.
“You will not be able to form proper relationships with anyone in the future (if you don’t address your issues).”
Dempsey, who afterwards met up with Miss Robbins outside court, was handed a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was also banned from owning an animal for four years.