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LOCAL MAN SENTENCED FOR HARRASSING PARTNER


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controlling, jealous and possessive local man was warned by a judge that he would go to


jail if he harasses his former partner again. During a row at their home, Lee Gardner, 37,


told Lisa Bennett he would "whip her with a belt like they used to in the old days." The couple had been in a relationship for


almost six years when it broke down at the beginning of last year, St Albans crown court heard. Prosecutor Colin Banham said that during a


row at their home in Cassiobury Drive, Watford in February last year, Gardner said to the mother of his two children: "I wish I could pick up this coffee table and smash it over your head." He threatened her with a beer bottle and said:


"I will do bird for you." The self-employed construction manager then


made the threat about whipping his partner. Then in May, after she said the relationship


was over, he rowed with her in the kitchen threatening to kill her, said Mr Banham. In a victim impact statement Ms Bennett said


Gardner was "controlling, possessive and jealous."


Gardner lives in Bluebell Drive. Gardner of Bluebell Drive, Abbots Langley,


pleaded guilty to harassment. He had a previous conviction for harassing a


former partner between August 1997 and December 1997. Richard Storey, defending, said that since the


complaint in May, Gardner had abided by a non- molestation order over his former partner imposed by the county court. Judge Andrew Bright QC passed a 46-week jail


sentence suspended for two years with a two- year supervision order. Gardner must attend an Integrated Domestic Abuse Prorgamme and pay £2,500 prosecution costs. He also passed a retraining order prohibiting contact with Ms Bennett.


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