Woman threatened love rival's unborn baby

A woman who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill a love rival's unborn baby is today the subject of a restraining order.

IPSWICH: A woman who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill a love rival's unborn baby is today the subject of a restraining order.

Jobless Natasha Wright contacted Tia Billman through the social networking website with the warning: “I'm gunning for you.”

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard how Miss Billman had fallen pregnant after embarking on an affair with the defendant's then boyfriend of four years.

Wright, of Canterbury Close, Ipswich, said she had been drinking heavily when she posted the messages on September 22.

She also left an abusive telephone message on October 1 in which she ranted: “I'm going to give you an abortion - I'm going to kill the baby inside you.”

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to sending a communication which conveyed a threat and to sending an offensive message.

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Justices were told Wright wrote: “Shame on you. I'm going to smash you up.

“I hope you sleep well tonight because by tomorrow night you won't be doing much sleeping because you will be in a lot of pain.

“If your little body can't handle it you might end up in a body bag.”

Emma Howson, prosecuting, said the messages had left Miss Billman “very shaken”.

She said Wright had broken down in tears during police interview when officers played her the phone message, but had claimed she had only retaliated after receiving abusive messages from the victim.

Mark Holt, mitigating, said Wright had no intention of carrying out the threats.

Chairman of the bench Anthony Baker blasted Wright for her use of “extremely foul and abusive language”.

However, he added: “You have shown remorse.”

She was punished with a 12-month restraining order, a two-month curfew, a six-week jail term suspended for a year and 100 hours' unpaid work in the community.

Wright was also ordered to pay �85 towards court costs and �200 in compensation.

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