Teenager’s threat to kill girlfriend in 5-day row

A TEENAGER placed a plastic bag across her girlfriend’s face before threatening to kill her during a five-day argument at their home.

Abigail Prior of Alfred Street in Weston, admitted to North Somerset Courthouse last week that she had harassed her former partner of four years, Natasha Dykes, by making threats and brandishing a kitchen knife during aggressive spats between the pair.

The court heard the 19-year-old had entered the relationship when she was 14 and it ended after a string of incidents from April 10-15.

The arguments began with a dispute over Natasha preparing her make-up before work, which led to Prior pulling at her jewellery, swinging an ashtray at her and throwing food.

Ed Hetherington, for the defence, told the court: “Miss Prior had a plastic bag in her hand and she advanced towards Miss Dykes.

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“There was a hurtful comment made and in response to that comment the bag was pushed across Miss Dykes’ face. It would have covered her face and impeded her breathing. It was pushed onto her nose and went into her mouth.”

Mr Hetherington said the couple continued to live together, but more difficulties arose.

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This included Prior splitting Miss Dyke’s lip and producing a knife during an argument about washing up. Mr Hetherington told the court Prior brandished it in front of Miss Dykes and threatened to stab herself.

He said: “When it blows over and the mood changes Miss Prior said ‘did you really think I was going to do it?’

“April 15 there is an argument about a lock on a mobile phone which Miss Prior cannot inspect. Upon waking Miss Dykes, in the context of this argument, Miss Prior said, ‘you have to take me back, if I can’t have you no-one can. I would rather kill myself than live without you, taking you with me’.”

Chairman of the bench Graham Meikle sentenced Prior to a 20-week prison sentence suspended for two years and gave her a restraining order preventing her from contacting Miss Dykes for a year.

Prior was also given a 12-month supervision requirement, was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work within the next 12 months, and ordered to pay �100 in court costs.

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