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suspended sentence Co Antrim man who threatened to kill ex and called her a 's**t' and 'w***e' avoids jail

Paul Beggs (30) from Ballymena pleaded guilty to three offences

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A Co. Antrim man who threatened to kill his ex, calling her a “slut” and a “whore” narrowly escaped being sent to jail today.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told 30-year-old Paul Beggs it was “not without some hesitation” that he was opting to suspend his five month prison sentence for three years.

The Antrim Magistrates Court judge, sitting in Ballymena, told the defendant however the suspension came with a “very clear warning” that if he committed further offences or breached the three year restraining order “this court will have little or no hesitation in sending you to prison.”

On the day his case was listed for a contest earlier this year Beggs, originally from Larne but now with an address at James Street in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to three offences - making a threat to kill, harassment and persistent no proper use of a communication network, all committed on March 26 this year.

The court heard that Beggs’ ex-partner contacted police that evening to report that she had been receiving abusive text messages and voicemails with officers reporting that she was “visibly shaking and in a tearful state” when they saw her.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court how Beggs had threatened the woman that “if she slept with anyone else that he would slit her throat” and labelling her a “slut and a whore,” he threatened to come to her home and smash her door and windows.

Beggs was arrested and interviewed but refused to answer police questions and an interim restraining order was put in place.

Defence counsel Neil Moore revealed that while Beggs was before the court today, his ex is also now potentially facing charges herself following an incident at his sisters house and from her “unwarranted communications with Mr Beggs.”

“I have to accept that Paul Beggs is a prolific offender,” said Mr Moore who said the relationship between his client and his victim “was, at best, described as a toxic relationship.”

Sentencing Beggs, DJ Broderick said given his actions the victim “had every reason to be shaking and tearful.”

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