Assault man threatened to slit ex’s throat in Doncaster town centre

A violent man who threatened to slit his ex's throat before attacking her and her new partner in Doncaster town centre, has been locked up.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 5:04 pm

Daniel Berriman bombarded the woman with more than 50 telephone calls and texts, making threats to harm and kill her, on November 1, last year, prosecutor Carl Fitch told Sheffield Crown Court.

Just before 8am the next day he sent her a text that said: "I will slit your throat."

Later that day, he posted Facebook comments falsely accusing his ex's new partner of being a convicted rapist, said Mr Fitch.

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Sheffield Crown Court

On November 4, he saw the couple at the corner of Chequer Road and College Road, chased after them and called the man "a nonce."

He grabbed his ex by her clothing and struck her on the arm, then punched her new partner in the face in a shop doorway. He shouted: "You're a little slut and you're dead."

The court heard police made a domestic violence protection order against him, after "numerous allegations of violence", in 2018, but he breached it five times.

A month before the calls, Berriman, who has 27 convictions for 45 offences, was acquitted of battery and damage charges. A restraining order, forbidding him from contacting his ex, was made for 12 months.

The court heard his 23-year-old ex-partner broke off the relationship six months earlier.

"They just want the defendant to leave them alone," said Mr Fitch.

Edward Moss, mitigating, said: "The pre-sentence report acknowledges he needs help. A custodial sentence will not get him that help.

"There needs to be something in place to try and ensure he doesn't offend again. He readily recognises that this relationship is poisonous and he wants nothing to do with this complainant for the rest of his days."

Berriman, 28, of Highwoods Crescent, Mexborough, pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.

On Thursday, Judge David Dixon told him: "You have not been open and frank with your offender manager. You have to go and find the help you need. Take it, or take the consequences. "

He handed Barriman, who has already spent two months in custody, a total of 25 months in prison.