Man's violent threats towards ex gets him five years jail

A NEW Facebook friend prompted a jealous rage with a scorned ex-lover who abducted his former wife and threatened to kill her in Ipswich.

Russell Alfred Richardson and Jane Richardson had been married for 24 years before they separated in May, 2010.

Crown Prosecutor Michael Byrne QC told the Supreme Court, where Richardson was sentenced for stalking and torture, there were episodes of physical violence in the relationship.

Richardson kept his head down and hands clasped as he was sentenced on Monday to five years behind bars.

He will be eligible for parole in September having already served 530 days in custody.

An attempted murder charge was dropped.

The court heard that in January, 2012, Ms Richardson added three new male friends - work colleagues - on Facebook, much to the dismay of her former husband.

Richardson wrote Ms Richardson messages claiming to know where her new friends lived and to stay away from them.

On January 4, 2012, Ms Richardson came home to find a knife-wielding Richardson inside.

Mr Byrne said Richardson forced Ms Richardson to get into her car.

The court heard when Richardson went to open the garage, Ms Richardson tried to escape and there was a struggle, when she was punched in the face.

Mr Byrne said Richardson told the mother of his two children: "You f**ked this up, all you had to do was come back to me".

With Ms Richardson in the car, Richardson drove towards the secluded Ripley Road Bridge.

The court heard he told her he was going to kill her and himself.

But Richardson admitted he had left his knife in the garage and did not know how he was going to kill her.

Mr Byrne said Ms Richardson jumped out of the moving car and ran for help.

She dived into a lantana bush twice to hide from her enraged former partner.

The court heard police found Richardson the next day.

He told police his intention was to take Ms Richardson from the house and kill her before committing suicide.

Richardson also told police he was sorry and the reason behind his actions was the "person on Facebook", Mr Byrne said.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said Richardson had a much better outlook on the fact his relationship was over and it was time to move on.

He explained his client, a former wedding photographer, lost his property in the floods - and discovered it was not properly insured - prior to his marriage breakdown.

Justice David Jackson said Ms Richardson may not have sustained significant physical injuries, but there were ongoing consequences.

"...but it plainly cause very, very significant fear and your ex-wife has to endure the ongoing consequences," he said.

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