A TEENAGER sent abusive messages to three other teens and threatened to kill them after he broke up with his girlfriend.
At Truro Crown Court on Tuesday, 19-year-old Charlie Lee, was sentenced to 10 months in a young offenders’ institution for a series of offences including being in possession of a knife at a Hayle car park.
Ramsay Quaife, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Lee, formerly of no fixed abode but who will move to an address in Kent when he is released, had been in a relationship with Maddie Langley since October 2011 but by September last year it had turned sour.
He said: “Maddie Langley made it clear to Charlie Lee that she did not want to so much as see him again.
“From about September 4 until towards the end of that same month Charlie Lee bombarded her with Facebook messages.”
Mr Quaife said the messages were abusive and included threats to kill Miss Langley, who was 17 at the time of the incidents.
Mr Quiafe said on September 27, Lee telephoned Miss Langley’s sister Melissa and agreed to meet her at a car park in Hayle.
“It was apparent to Melissa that Charlie Lee was angry,” said Mr Quiafe.
“He was in fact threatening to harm himself and then pulled out a large knife.”
Lee dropped the knife but could be heard saying that he wanted to kill Lewis Carder.
Mr Carder had met Maddie Langley a week previously.
Lee then called Mr Carder and sent him a number of abusive and threatening messages, which said he would kill Mr Carder and his family.
Mr Carder later made a statement to police which said: “I don’t think I made it fully clear how petrified I am of the threats he made to me and my family.”
Lee was arrested and taken into custody.
He has admitted one charge of having a bladed article in a public place and two of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.
Fred Howell, defending, said Lee wanted to apologise to the victims and the court.
He said: “I have spoken to him and he knows that unless he gives up drinking the prison sentences are just going to get longer and longer.”
Lee was sentenced to 10 months in custody but is set to be released on licence soon because he has spent five months on remand, the court heard.
He was also made the subject of restraining orders not to contact Maddie or Melissa Langley or Mr Carder.