A young mother-to-be had an abortion and split up with her boyfriend after her ex hounded them with 4,000 calls and texts threatening to kill them and their baby.
Chloe Lomas, 22, from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, was pregnant with her partner, but her former lover Sam Donnelly found out from his jail cell.
Using an illegal acquired mobile phone from his prison cell, Donnelly, 28, bombarded Miss Lomas with 4,208 phone calls and texts in just 77 days.
The thug warned her: ‘I’m not going to let this go. I’m going to end your lives. He can’t protect you from me and no one can protect him.
‘You think I’m lying and that I’m not going to kill you but I’m coming for you and I’m going to shoot you all. I felt like ending my life but I want yours first.
‘I can’t believe you’re pregnant. I always said you won’t be able to get another boyfriend and yet you get one.
‘My head is stewing. I hope you’re happy because I will take everything away when I get out. You are f***ed.’
Chloe Lomas (pictured), 22, from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, was pregnant with her partner, but her former lover Sam Donnelly found out from his jail cell
Miss Lomas’ partner, named only as Nathan, ended their romance because he feared for his own children from a previous relationship.
She had an abortion fearing Donnelly would carry his threats out and even offered herself up to be assaulted when he threatened to have her mother beaten up.
Donnelly, who was in prison for assault, was arrested at Forest Bank jail in Salford after he sent three masked friends to Miss Lomas’ home armed with a handgun.
The gang pointed the gun at the faces of both Miss Lomas’ father and older sister before running off. The family had to seek refuge in various safe houses.
Miss Lomas said of the abortion: ‘To this day this decision is incredibly painful and upsetting for me but ultimately Sam was the driving force behind it.
Using an illegal acquired mobile phone from his prison cell, Donnelly (pictured), 28, bombarded Miss Lomas with 4,208 phone calls and texts in just 77 days
‘Sam told me that he would have killed me and the lad I started a relationship with unless I split up with him and I believed him.
‘I am terrified to go out now because I don’t know what he will do and he won’t leave me alone.’
Her statement continued: ‘I believe his threats and I think he will carry them out as he has nothing to lose.
‘Previously he has had me by the throat and slapped me so I have no reason to think he won’t do this again or worse.
‘I have been totally controlled by Sam – I have been living in absolute fear of him. I honestly think he will kill me one day.
‘If he can’t get to me he will get to my family. I have been left feeling nervous and worthless all the time.’
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Donnelly, also of Stalybridge, was jailed for five years and eight months after he admitted coercive behaviour, using prohibited articles in prison and conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
He was also banned from contacting Miss Lomas and her family for life under the terms of a restraining order.
The court heard the couple had dated for five years but they split up due to Donnelly’s controlling behaviour.
Wayne Jackson, prosecuting, said: ‘He would repeatedly cheat on Chloe but if she ever told him she wanted to end their relationship he would make death threats.
‘During one 77 day period there were 4,208 contacts with her using various phones. If she didn’t take his calls he would smash her windows or get his friends to do it.
‘She decided she had had enough started a new relationship with a man called Nathan but that went down like a lead balloon with the defendant who was in prison and he made various death threats.
‘She fell pregnant by her new partner but threats issued by Donnelly became so frightening and worrying that Nathan who had children of his own decided to end the relationship. Because her boyfriend had left her, she had a termination.’
Despite the toxic background, Miss Lomas retained contact with Donnelly but continued to be bombarded with further calls from him when she refused to get back with him.
Other messages read: ‘I will make you and your family’s lives hell. I will destroy you all.
Miss Lomas (left, with her sister katie outside court) had an abortion fearing Donnelly would carry his threats out and offered herself up to be assaulted when he threatened to have her mother beaten up
‘You’re going to get a big shock soon. You haven’t seen me go mad but I have a bomb ready to blow up the Lomas family and I’m going to shoot Nathan in the head.
‘I’ve got mates who love me and they would do anything for me. It will never end.’
The hate campaign reached a climax in August 2019 after Miss Lomas went out with friends and received another message from Donnelly.
It said: ‘Watch me now – I’m going to do my s**t. You’ll be sorry. Your mum’s getting it.
‘I’ll make her feel as though she wants to die. Watch what’s going to happen. I’m going to shoot your house.’
Miss Lomas replied: ‘Do it and I call the police – you’re evil’. Within half an hour three men turned up at her family home and burst in while her parents were downstairs.
One of the men was waving the gun from side to side and pointing it at Miss Lomas’ father Thomas who picked up a chair to try to defend himself.
The victim’s mother Angela was so frightened she fled the house and hid in a neighbour’s shed.
The gang also pointed the gun in the face of Miss Lomas’ sister Katie before running off.
Just 30 minutes after the attack, Donnelly text again saying: ‘Think about what you do now putting my name to this. I’ll get that police van burnt down. Think about what you do next.’
He was arrested later in Forest Bank jail in Salford but he refused to be interviewed by police.
The court heard he had 33 previous offences including battery, affray and causing grievous bodily harm.
In mitigation for Donnelly defence counsel Simon Blakebrough said: ‘He accepts causing the individuals to go round to the house but says he did not ask anyone to bring a firearm with them.’
But sentencing Judge Maurice Greene told Donnelly said: ‘These were prolonged and violent acts by you involving others who were terrified by your behaviour.’
She added: ‘These serious offences undoubtedly blighted the lives of a number of people.’