Man’s chilling ‘I’ve cut my throat, goodbye’ claim to partner

Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A 36-year-old man ransacked the home he shared with his partner before threatening to kill himself.

Mark Wilkinson sent his partner a text which read: “I’ve cut my throat, goodbye,” Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“Another text told her he was going mad and she should call the police,” said Sarah Traynor, prosecuting.

“The defendant made a 999 call to the police which said he was going to end his life with a razor blade.

“Police arrived at the property and there was a stand-off before Wilkinson was arrested.

“The house had been ransacked, hair dye had been sprayed around the living room, a television turned over, and a skirting board ripped off.”

Wilkinson, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, admitted criminal damage on April 18.

John Relton, defending, said in mitigation: “I’ve known Mr Wilkinson for a long time.

“Drink has been at the centre of most of his past offending.

“He has a complicated past, dealing with that causes him difficulties.

“His partner has been a great support to him, and continues to be so.

“Some of his own property was damaged that night, as well as things belonging to her.”

Wilkinson was sentenced to a community order of 12 months, including 20 days of rehabilitation activity.

He was ordered to pay £170 costs, which will be added to his existing court fines account of £874.