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Jailed: Shropshire man hit ex’s father with fence panelling

By Jonny Drury | Oswestry | Crime | Published:

An enraged Shropshire man made repeated threats to his ex-partner and her friends before drunkenly attacking her father and a friend with a fence panel.

Nathan Parish was drunk when he turned on him at the home of his former partner and began to strike out, with one man being hit on the head.

He was restrained and spat at one man before being arrested.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court, Parish, 26, of Grove Court, Ruyton XI Towns, was sentenced to 17 months in prison by Judge Anthony Lowe for offences including possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage, and assault.

The prosecution decided not to press ahead with a charge of affray, but asked for it to sit on Parish’s file.

Judge Lowe said: “You didn’t carry out these threats, and nine times out of 10 people don’t, they are intended to frighten the victim, and they do. They don’t know if they will be carried out. They don’t know if you’re going to be the one to commit murder.”

Prosecutor Jamie Scott said Parish was in a relationship from February 2017 to October 2017.

After breaking up he harassed his former girlfriend with a series of messages, and he pleaded guilty to an harassment charge at an earlier court appearance.

In the messages he said if she was in a relationship with someone else, he was going to kill them. Following this she blocked his number, and he then began contacting her neighbour, and making further threats to his former girlfriend, her neighbour and her neighbour’s partner.

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These threats continued, and he also began sending offensive messages to his former partner’s sister. He said: “I will stab anyone who gets in my way. I am going to punch her in the head.”

He is also alleged to have said about his former girlfriend: “I will punch her in the head and I hope she dies.” At this point, his victim called her father and he went round to the home where Parish was staying.

An argument ensued and Parish went to his former partner’s home, and confronted a group who had come out of their homes.

Parish began shouting and swearing before setting on two men, hitting them with the fence panel causing a bruise to one man’s hand and pain to the other’s face and jaw.

Parish denied the assaults and sending the messages in interview, but changed his plea to guilty on the day.

Mr Danny Smith, for Parish, said his client had problems with cocaine and alcohol, and had been under the influence of alcohol.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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