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Man armed with knife threatened to kill himself and harm ex-wife

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who crept into his ex-wife’s bedroom armed with a knife and made threats to kill himself and harm her has been sentenced by a judge.‬

Ashley William Tremble, 52, had struggled to cope with the breakdown of his long-term relationship with Michelle Tremble after it ended in February.‬

Carlisle Crown Court heard how stunned Mrs Tremble woke with shock on the morning of May 5 to find her find her ex-husband standing in her bedroom at the Maryport house they had formerly shared, while their adult daughter slept in a nearby room. He held a large knife to his throat and then produced a length of pre-knotted rope which he put around his neck, vowing to kill himself and saying he had “nothing left to live for”.‬
Tremble also threatened to harm his ex-wife while pointing the knife at her.

Nobody was hurt and, after Tremble left the house, he was arrested by police who recovered the blade.‬

“I was terrified,” stated Mrs Tremble of the incident. “It has torn our lives apart.‬

“I never in a million years thought someone I had spent my life with would react the way he has. My own home no longer feels safe and I don’t feel my life will ever be the same.”‬

Tremble admitted affray and possession of a bladed article, and was sentenced today (THURS) when a judge heard he’d been in custody since May 5 on remand.‬

Steven Swift, defending, said Tremble, latterly of Salterbeck Road in Workington, planned to move away from the area to begin a new life, adding: “He bitterly regrets his actions. It was a desperate act but frightening.”‬

Recorder Michael Hayton QC imposed a 30-month community order but stressed that was not a soft sentencing option. Tremble must complete rehabilitation, a “building better relationships” course, 80 hours’ unpaid work and was banned from contacting his ex-wife for five years, other than through a solicitor.‬

“You can’t behave like that towards former partners, partners or indeed anyone,” Recorder Hayton told him.

“It was an attempt to frighten and coerce her.”‬

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