John McRae's actions resulted in his victim even spending some nights sleeping in her car out of fear
A terrifying bully has been jailed after threatening to blow up his ex-partner’s house – leaving her so scared that she started sleeping in a McDonald’s car park.
John McRae, 51, caused his former girlfriend “months of sleepless nights” following their split in August last year as their exchanges turned nasty.
The violent offender – who had been released from prison on life licence – began sending a series of frightening messages to his victim, and even claimed her house “would go bang” in one angry phone call made just days before Christmas.
In one sinister phone call, McRae told her that he was “not going to rest until something horrific happens to you”.
His repeated threats of violence resulted in his victim even spending some nights sleeping in her car because she was afraid of staying at home.
McRae, of South Shields, pleaded guilty to harassment when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last week. He was subsequently jailed for three years.
PC Warren Hedley, who investigated the case, said: “John McRae is somebody who is well-known to police and his violent past made the serious threats he made towards his victim even more terrifying.
“I would like to thank the victim for the incredible bravery that she showed throughout this case, and I hope McRae’s conviction and subsequent sentence can help give her some kind of closure.
“It is important that the public see individuals like McRae – who caused misery to his former partner after their relationship broke down – are being dealt with robustly and he now begins a significant custodial term.
“We know recent lockdown restrictions can have an impact on those who live in fear of this type of domestic abuse or violence, and we are working alongside our partners to provide constant support to those who need it.
“We would always encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report it – your bravery can allow us to take swift action and bring offenders like McRae to justice.”
In a statement issued for court, the victim said: “This has totally changed me as a person. I am not the confident and bubbly person I once was.
“I want to prevent this ever happening again to another woman.”
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