A man has been jailed for ten months after he tried to intimidate a woman to drop sex assault allegations.
Samuel McKeever admitted intimidating the woman at her Rhyl flat last October. The 54 year-old from Dolwen, near Abergele, was cleared of three other charges, including sexual assault, trespass and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Two other men were also acquitted of intimidation during the four day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. Judge Huw Rees ruled there was no case to answer against Samuel McKeever-Booth (28) from Newcastle-under-Lyme and Paul Thompson (33) from Stoke.
The court heard Samuel McKeever barged into the flat with two masked men and threatened to cut off her fingers and kidnap her father. McKeever had been on conditional bail at the time, banning him from entering the area or contacting the woman by any means.
McKeever’s defence said he accepted custody was inevitable but asked Judge Rees to limit the sentence on the grounds that the intimidation was a result of desperation rather than malice and that he might be prevented from seeing his family.
McKeever was sentenced after a jury found him not guilty on the other charges. The judge told him he should be ”thoroughly ashamed” for acting as a bully on someone he knew to be vulnerable. He accepted that his behaviour was born out of desperation rather than malice.
Source: Daily Post