‘Ex-cop threatened to kill woman when affair ended’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 May 2018

Exeter magistrates court. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter magistrates court. Picture: Terry Ife

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An ex-police officer from Weston-super-Mare threatened to kill the woman he had an affair with when she told him the relationship was over, a court was told.

Married Steven Partridge, of Gooch Road, admitted calling his lover Debbie Anderson and making a threat with the intent of causing her anxiety or distress.

The court was told Partridge had been caught out by his wife on two or three occasions, although she never met the other woman and in December last year, she filed for divorce.

On the same day, Partridge called Miss Anderson saying he ‘wanted to be with her’.

Three days later, he called Miss Anderson at her workplace at a Bristol police station telling her he ‘could not believe the relationship was over’.

He threatened to ‘cause a scene’ at the station if she did not meet him the next day.

The court heard when she told him the affair was over, he said: “You have ruined my life. How can you do this to me? I have lost everything. I want to be with you, I have nothing to lose.

“I am going to kill myself. But I will kill you as well. I hope you have a nice Christmas. If you make it to Christmas.”

He reportedly said he had ‘a nutty family in Manchester’ who would ‘come and sort you out’.

Prosecuting, Shaun Tipton said: “The complainant feared for her safety. He was frightening her.”

Mr Tipton said Miss Anderson was left ‘looking over her shoulder’ and had been off work since the call.

Partridge, aged 62, has served 44 years in the police, first as an officer, and then in Bristol as a civilian staff member. He has only ever worked for Avon and Somerset Constabulary in a civilian capacity, and is suspended as misconduct proceedings are ongoing.

Defending, James Rickard said Partridge was at a ‘low ebb’ at the time of the affair, and although he admitted saying he would kill himself, he disputed saying he would kill her too.

Mr Rickard said Partridge admitted threatening to take his own life would have caused her anxiety and distress. He has since reconciled with his wife.

Partridge was ordered at Exeter Magistrates Court on May 1 to pay £1,345 in fines and costs and given a two-year restraining order, banning him from contacting Miss Anderson.

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