Worksop: Dad’s ‘gun’ texts to mother of his baby

In Court
In Court

Jail could be looming for a Worksop man who sent texts threatening to shoot his ex-girlfriend.

Michael Andrew Bryce texted: “I’m going to shoot you today...” ... “Today’s the day I go down in history. I promise I’m going to teach you a lesson you’ll never forget” Worksop magistrates heard.

The 33-year-old, of Southdene, admitted sending the menacing messages on 10th January 2014.

Prosecuting, Ruth Snodin asked for a restraining order to protect the victim.

Defending, David Verity said: “He bitterly regrets what he did and obviously had no intention of carrying out any of the threats.”

The court heard how the couple had ended their three year relationship a few weeks before Christmas. They have a seven-month-old baby.

“Afterwards, Mr Bryce said he was very reasonable and let her stay in the house they had lived in together, and let her keep the car. He just left with a bag of clothes,” said Mr Verity.

“On the day in question they met to discuss custody arrangements. An argument started and Mr Bryce left.”

“A short time later he gets a phone call from the complainant containing a lot of verbal abuse and winding him up.”

“At that stage he sent the texts. It got too much for him and he reacted in completely the wrong way. He is sorry.”

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until 12th February, pending probation reports. They said all options would be considered, including custody. Bryce was bailed and must not contact the victim or visit Dawber Street in Worksop.