A MAN who forced his way into his former partner's home in a jealous rage, and violently attacked her and her mother, has been given a ten-year restraining order.

Thomas Riordan, 23, was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court after he admitted two counts of common assault, two counts of malicious communications and one of criminal damage.

The court heard Riordan, of George Street, Sandown, sent multiple threatening texts to both his former partner and her new boyfriend, repeatedly threatening them.

Simon Foster, prosecuting, said: "The boyfriend received numerous texts, saying he was going to 'smack up his head' and 'smack up' his dad."

On March 19, Riordan turned up at his former partner's home in Cowes after calling her, demanding to know what she had told her new boyfriend about him.

The court heard Riordan told her: "I'm will stab him, and then you are next."

Mr Foster said: "The defendant went to her home, took the keys from the door and locked it from the inside.

"His former partner's mother shouted to her to lock the bathroom door. Mr Riordan then grabbed the mother by the throat and threw her to the ground."

The court heard Riordan forced his way into the bathroom, pushing his former partner into the shower and kicking her. As he left, he spat in her mother's face.

Paul Farley, defending, said: "He has spent four-and-a-half months on remand, and in that time he tells me he has reflected and taken stock, and has resolved to do better with his life."

Riordan was given a restraining order, banning him from contacting his former partner for ten years.

He was also given a 24-month community order, to include 40 rehabilitation days, a 'building better relationships' course and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Roger Hetherington said: "This was truly appalling.

"You are one of these men who finds it impossible to allow anyone else to have anything to do with a former partner and must make their life, and the lives of anyone involved with them, miserable."

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