Man boasted to officers he had rigged flat to blow up
A man boasted to the police of plans to blow up his ex-girlfriend's flat, along with two officers who were also there.
Scott Julian Wright claimed to have rigged the electrics so she would "fry", a court heard.
He then made reference to two women police officers, shot dead in the North West last year, saying: "Maybe we'll have another Manchester.
"If your two mates (colleagues) stay there much longer they'll probably be dead as well."
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Leicester Crown Court was told that Wright falsely bragged to officers: "I've rewired the fuse box so if she touches anything electrical, it'll go boom. I've been to college and know all about electrical installations.
"I've connected the live cable to the gas pipes, to the kitchen sink, and left it loose on the floor so that if she touches anything, she'll fry."
After hearing of Wright's electrocution plan, Pc Michael Green became concerned for the safety of his two colleagues, who were at the flat in Granger Road, Loughborough.
Wright told officers his former girlfriend would not be phoning him any more "unless it's from her coffin".
Electricity and gas engineers attended the flat, on September 27. The electrics were not rigged and the only potentially dangerous hazard was a live wire ripped out of the back of the oven and left on the floor, but the power was off.
Judge Simon Hammond said: "There would have been a danger to life had the power been turned back on."
Wright (25), of Oxford Street, Loughborough, was jailed for two years.
He admitted making threats to kill his estranged girlfriend, common assault upon her, and causing damage to her clothing and cooker.
His 20-year-old ex-partner was so traumatised afterwards she moved to another county to make a new start but remains fearful he may find her.
Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said the defendant moved out of the flat the day before the incident, when the couple's two-year relationship broke down.
The victim went out, returning to unexpectedly find the defendant there. They argued. He poured bleach over her clothing, threw paint, punched her face and waved a cooker wire at her. He said: "You're not going to be here much longer."
The victim rang the police who arrested him.
Mr Murphy said "things turned sinister" at Keyham Lane police station, in Hamilton, Leicester, when Wright, who had three electrical fuses on him, made the death threats.
Sentencing, Judge Hammond said: "These sort of offences are all about control and power.
"He's a spiteful bully and the repeated threats he made to the police were very serious."
He said the pre-sentence report described Wright as having jealous and controlling behaviour, with little victim empathy.
He used "intimidation and violence" to get what he wanted.
Wright has previously been prosecuted for sending threatening messages to two other ex-partners.
In 2008, he slashed the car tyres of his Prince's Trust tutor, "for not paying him enough attention".
Steven Newcombe, mitigating, said Wright had anger management issues.
The death threats were not made directly to his ex-partner and he had not done what he had claimed.
He was given a restraining order banning any future contact with the victim. Wright's mother, who adopted him as a baby, was said to be standing by him.