A burly bodybuilder “totally snapped” when social workers and police told his girlfriend about his appalling criminal record for domestic violence, a court heard.
Matthew Barnett bombarded pregnant Sarah Edgar with chilling threats and after being arrested screamed at her: “Sarahhhh, I’m gonna find you and cut that baby out of you!”
The Welshman had been ordered to leave Ms Edgar’s house in Livingston, Scotland, as a result of the official visit under the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland which allows women to check if a partner has a violent past.
Following the official visit, he sent the mum-of-one a series of chilling texts on Facebook Messenger ordering her to “get rid” of his unborn baby and telling her: “They want me to snap they got it. I didn’t want this. They’ve broken me”.
The tattooed thug told her: “Don’t carry that child. It’ll be taken. Get rid of it ASAP… You do not have the right to enter my family after that. Get rid.”
His next message read: “I’m going down (the police) station tonight. We’re gunna throw petrol all over woman on reception and light it. I gotta go now. We on way to garage now.”
Calling her a “lanky streak of piss” and other abusive names he added: “I’m gunna kill these c****. Answer now, you f*****.
“F***** y not say, scum? Grass. Rat. Tell me now. I’ve got a gun. Tell me.
“So you believe bull**** charges after what everyone else said. Just tell me lanky c***. U fanny stinks.”
Sheriff Susan Craig told the accused: “You have a prior record for domestic offending and you’ve taken it to new heights, or perhaps new lows would be a better way of looking at it. That you acted in such a way to the person carrying your child is absolutely appalling”.
She sentenced Barnett to 27 months in prison, backdated to 29 January.
She also made him subject to social work supervision for 12 months following his release. Barnett – who was previously named on a most-wanted list by South Wales Police for allegedly making threats and sending malicious communications –was also made subject to a non-harassment order banning him from approaching or contacting Ms Edgar for 10 years.