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Homeless man sent threats in a letter

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

A HOMELESS man who had been banned from St Petroc's home in Truro for a week, sent a message to the woman who issued him with the banning notice, threatening he would slice her face off.

Dean Brannigan, 55, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to sending an offensive or indecent message, using threatening behaviour, and using threatening behaviour which was racially aggravated.

Alison May, for the prosecution, said police were called to the home where Brannigan was being abusive and refusing to leave. When the resettlement manager issued him with a banning letter saying he would not be welcome there for a week he was abusive and threatening saying: "You will wish you had not crossed me."

He later telephoned St Petroc's on four occasions saying he wanted to take the woman out to lunch, and also saying he would go there and slice her face off.

At St John's Hall, where there was a breakfast club for homeless people, Brannigan used racially abusive language to another person.

He had previous convictions.

Mike Gregson, his solicitor, said Brannigan was a man with qualifications. He had a skipper's ticket and was a qualified lecturer in environmental health. But he had fallen on hard times in recent years.

After being sent to prison for arson he was homeless and could not get anywhere to live because of the conviction. Without accommodation he did not have a job and was forced to live rough. He tried to cope but on occasions failed to do so.

He did not feel any ill-will in particular to the St Petroc's resettlement manager. He felt on occasion that his problems were not being properly addressed and had been hoping to get her to meet him face to face in the hope of being taken more seriously. He apologised for what he had said to her.

Brannigan was sent to prison for eight weeks.

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