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Prisoner jailed for chilling phone call threats to girlfriend saying he'd cut off her tongue & burn face with an iron

A man who made chilling threats to his girlfriend on the phone from prison saying he'd cut off her tongue & hold an iron to her face has been given a two year sentence.

Despite his partner refusing to make a complaint against him, Stefan Spooner was given the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for repeatedly harassing the woman with a series of menacing calls.

Inspector Cate Webb-Jones, said:

“Spooner is a vile, dangerous man who belittles and degrades women; he seems to have no regard for others’ feelings and the calls he made to his partner were truly sickening.

“In extreme cases like this where we believe the offender poses a serious threat we can push for ‘victimless’ prosecutions. It meant Spooner was charged with harassment and kept behind bars, and that’s given police and support groups more time to work with his victim."

– Inspector Cate Webb-Jones, West Midlands Police

Spooner was due to be released from prison in March having been jailed for attacking two women at a party in the early hours of 2 June 2012.

The 24-year-old racially abused one party guest before breaking her jaw with a punch that knocked her unconscious… then repeatedly kicked and punched the woman’s friend as she tried intervening.

However, police became aware of abusive calls made to his partner ? who he’d been in a relationship with for at least four years ? between November last year and January in which he threatened extreme violence.

Police secured a harassment charge against Spooner ahead of his release date ? and after being refused bail his stay behind bars was extended.

He went on to admit one count of harassment with fear of violence.

Insp Webb-Jones, added:

“He made threats to harm her upon his release… to inflict life-changing injuries so that no-one would look at her again. Nothing particularly sparked the threats; they were borne out of his aggressive, jealous and controlling behaviour.

“I don’t underestimate how difficult it can be to break free from an abusive relationship and offenders can hold a spell over victims by using physical, emotional, psychological or financial intimidation.

“But I’d urge anyone suffering in silence to contact police or one of the many support groups out there; we have specially trained, experienced officers who can offer practical advice and support in all aspects of domestic abuse.

“And as this case shows we will do all we can to bring offenders to justice and protect vulnerable members of society."

– Inspector Cate Webb-Jones, West Midlands Police