Former lover sentenced for threats to kill
The ex-boyfriend of a supported housing tenant has been handed a six month suspended prison sentence for threatening to kill a support worker.
Mark Craig was found guilty last week of making threats to kill Paul Gorman, a housing support worker at Paradigm Housing Group. Mr Craig also admitted firearms offences.
Mr Gorman said Mr Craig blamed him for the break up of his relationship with one of the association's supported tenants. The tenant told Mr Gorman that Mr Craig said he had a shotgun and he was going to shoot him and then turn the gun on himself.
Mr Gorman said the incident, which happened in October, has left him so traumatised he is considering quitting his job.
'Housing staff are putting themselves at risk all the time and I am starting to wonder why we bother,' he said. 'I don't feel the criminal justice system is there to protect the public or victims of crime.'
He had been 'feeling numb' since hearing about the sentence, he added. St Albans Magistrates' Court suspended Mr Craig's sentence for one year and ordered his shotgun to be destroyed.
Mr Craig has also been banned from Paradigm offices and is facing eviction from his temporary home, also provided by Paradigm, after Welwyn Hatfield District Council found he was not eligible for permanent rehousing.