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Man jailed after saying he'd cut landlord's face off over sex texts

By John Cassidy

Published 07/07/2016

A man who threatened to cut off his girlfriend's landlord's face with a machete has been jailed for nine months
A man who threatened to cut off his girlfriend's landlord's face with a machete has been jailed for nine months

A man who threatened to cut off his girlfriend's landlord's face with a machete has been jailed for nine months.

Tomas Daniel Foster (29), of Stewart Street in the Markets area of Belfast, pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial to two charges of making threats to kill, common assault and possessing an offensive weapon.

Belfast Crown Court was told about two incidents that happened six days apart last year at a house in the Broadway area of south Belfast.

Prosecution lawyer Mark Farrell said Foster became enraged after finding texts from the landlord on his girlfriend's phone.

The court was told the defendant then rang the man, telling him: "I'm going to f****** kill you. I'm going to cut your face off to the bone. She's my girlfriend.''

Six days later, Foster arrived at his girlfriend's flat at around 11pm with a machete and found the landlord there.

The landlord claimed the woman had asked him to come round to help her fill out a Housing Executive form.

But as the man was leaving the property, Foster, without any warning, grabbed him and headbutted him.

Although the machete was not used, the victim suffered injuries to his fingers when he "pushed the blade away from him".

"The landlord ran out of the house, and Foster shouted after him, 'I am going to kill you'," Mr Farrell said.

The court heard the victim also suffered bruising to his forehead, but did not require hospital treatment.

A consultant psychiatrist who examined the landlord after the attack said it had left him traumatised.

Mr Farrell claimed the prosecution accepted Foster's remarks that "he did not know that the landlord was in the house" ahead of the incident in which he headbutted him.

Defence barrister Kelly Doherty said that his client had threatened the victim "in the heat of the moment" after finding "sexually explicit text messages between the woman and the landlord".

The court heard that when he walked into the house and "saw his girlfriend and her landlord in an embrace, he lost control".

Judge Sandra Crawford handed Foster an 18-month sentence for making threats to kill, saying that he would serve half of the term in custody and half on supervised licence.

He also received sentences of 15 months for common assault and nine months for possession of the machete, with each to be served concurrently.

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