Darlington man who threatened funeral director spared jail after telling magistrates: "Prison is simply not for me"

James Cumiskey, 23, of Corporation Road, Darlington, has been given a suspended sentence after breaching a restraining order

James Cumiskey, 23, of Corporation Road, Darlington, has been given a suspended sentence after breaching a restraining order

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Darlington)

A MAN who breached a restraining order by sending threatening messages to a funeral director has escaped jail after writing a pleading letter to magistrates.

James Cumiskey urged magistrates at Newton Aycliffe to grant him one final chance after he sent text messages to the man threatening to destroy him and his Northampton business.

Appearing via video link to Durham Prison, the 23-year-old told magistrates: “I have really thought about life and where I want to be in the future and prison is simply not for me.”

The court heard Cumiskey, of Corporation Road, Darlington, sent six threatening text messages to the funeral director on April 10, putting him in breach a restraining order imposed on February 13.

John Garside, prosecuting, said Cumiskey had threatened to travel to Northampton and kick his head in.

One message said: “I am going to f****** come for you tonight.

“Just wait until I get to Northampton. You better hope Darlington police find me before I find you.”

At an earlier hearing, magistrates in Darlington heard Cumiskey had responded to an advert placed five years ago by the funeral director offering training in embalming.

However after spending six hours with him, he was unnerved by Cumiskey, who was described as being strange and ‘having an unhealthy interest in the dead'.

The pair had no further contact until September last year when, over the course of three weeks, Cumiskey began sending increasingly abusive text messages.

In mitigation yesterday (Friday, April 25) Michael Clarke said the defendant had not intended to travel to Northampton to carry out the threats and had shown remorse.

In a letter to magistrates, Cumiskey said: “I want to become the nice young man that I know I am and become a good member of the public.”

He also said he wanted to enrol at college to become a renewable energy engineer.

Magistrates gave Cumiskey an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, with supervision, after he admitted breaching the restraining order.

He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

Speaking to The Northern Echo, the funeral director said he was disappointed with the sentence.

He said: “Some of the stuff he sent through was unbelievable. At the end of the day I have got a business to run, I haven’t got time for this rubbish.”

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8:49am Sat 26 Apr 14

Davy Crocket says...

What a feeble punishment.
What a feeble punishment. Davy Crocket
  • Score: 28

8:59am Sat 26 Apr 14

oliviaden6 says...

having read this, this man needs care and treatment? I hope we do no read in a few months or a year or two he has carried out his threats?
having read this, this man needs care and treatment? I hope we do no read in a few months or a year or two he has carried out his threats? oliviaden6
  • Score: 21

9:04am Sat 26 Apr 14

stevegg says...

So if someone is killed or assaulted by Cumiskey, its their fault for failing to protect the public. There are tens of thousands just like him wh are free to walk the streets thanks to our lax law enforcement and obsession with human rights.
So if someone is killed or assaulted by Cumiskey, its their fault for failing to protect the public. There are tens of thousands just like him wh are free to walk the streets thanks to our lax law enforcement and obsession with human rights. stevegg
  • Score: 29

10:25am Sat 26 Apr 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

Respectable looking 'nice' young men who have a strange darkness within them are far more dangerous than ones who wear their nastiness on the outside. They are the ones who get away with it because they always end up playing the 'I need help not punishment' card.
Respectable looking 'nice' young men who have a strange darkness within them are far more dangerous than ones who wear their nastiness on the outside. They are the ones who get away with it because they always end up playing the 'I need help not punishment' card. OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: 25

10:53am Sat 26 Apr 14

loan_star says...

I'll remember that excuse should I ever end up in court for non payment of a parking fine "parking rules are simply not for me", should have the judge sending me on my way with a slapped wrist.
I'll remember that excuse should I ever end up in court for non payment of a parking fine "parking rules are simply not for me", should have the judge sending me on my way with a slapped wrist. loan_star
  • Score: 23

12:48pm Sat 26 Apr 14

youngcrony says...

Let's all send death threats to each other, then when we land in court claim that prison isn't for us.
Let's all send death threats to each other, then when we land in court claim that prison isn't for us. youngcrony
  • Score: 13

2:40pm Sat 26 Apr 14

studio says...

This is beyond belief????

I`m really sorry for breaking the law ( again ) and as much as i appreciate you ( the judge ) want to send me to prison, I really don't think its for me.

What a joke. In a way i hope he goes on to break another law. Hopefully not hurting anyone. Maybe that would make the Judge realise what a laughing stock he is. How would this judge feel if this guy does go on to injure someone??? or even worse???

I can't write anymore, i have to go shopping. I tried the its not really for me excuse, but unfortunately the Mrs isn't as lenient as Darlington magistrates!
This is beyond belief???? I`m really sorry for breaking the law ( again ) and as much as i appreciate you ( the judge ) want to send me to prison, I really don't think its for me. What a joke. In a way i hope he goes on to break another law. Hopefully not hurting anyone. Maybe that would make the Judge realise what a laughing stock he is. How would this judge feel if this guy does go on to injure someone??? or even worse??? I can't write anymore, i have to go shopping. I tried the its not really for me excuse, but unfortunately the Mrs isn't as lenient as Darlington magistrates! studio
  • Score: 20

3:11pm Sun 27 Apr 14

69lou96 says...

About 5 years ago this 'nice young man' ended up in court for harassing my daughter who was 14 at the time. He was well known to the police then. The policeman's words to my daughter were 'what are you doing getting muddled up with someone like him?' He lives in a fantasy world and claimed to be a trainee pilot.
He was as sent to Aycliffe court and promised to get his life sorted. Obviously didn't work!
About 5 years ago this 'nice young man' ended up in court for harassing my daughter who was 14 at the time. He was well known to the police then. The policeman's words to my daughter were 'what are you doing getting muddled up with someone like him?' He lives in a fantasy world and claimed to be a trainee pilot. He was as sent to Aycliffe court and promised to get his life sorted. Obviously didn't work! 69lou96
  • Score: 7

4:15pm Sun 27 Apr 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

69lou96 wrote:
About 5 years ago this 'nice young man' ended up in court for harassing my daughter who was 14 at the time. He was well known to the police then. The policeman's words to my daughter were 'what are you doing getting muddled up with someone like him?' He lives in a fantasy world and claimed to be a trainee pilot.
He was as sent to Aycliffe court and promised to get his life sorted. Obviously didn't work!
It makes you wonder how some 'men' get away with this behavior again and again I wonder who his Father plays golf with??
[quote][p][bold]69lou96[/bold] wrote: About 5 years ago this 'nice young man' ended up in court for harassing my daughter who was 14 at the time. He was well known to the police then. The policeman's words to my daughter were 'what are you doing getting muddled up with someone like him?' He lives in a fantasy world and claimed to be a trainee pilot. He was as sent to Aycliffe court and promised to get his life sorted. Obviously didn't work![/p][/quote]It makes you wonder how some 'men' get away with this behavior again and again I wonder who his Father plays golf with?? OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: 4

10:14am Mon 28 Apr 14

MartinMo says...

You could probably get away with murder in this day and age, wont be long before cells are full of people whom acted in self defence, commited tax evasion (found a loophole which prevented government stealing a % of your earnings) or accused of sexual offences from decades ago after someone you had consential sex with finds out you became wealthy.

So now there are 2 phrases to use in order to get away with crimes committed.

1. Poverty made me do it.
2. Jail is not for me.
You could probably get away with murder in this day and age, wont be long before cells are full of people whom acted in self defence, commited tax evasion (found a loophole which prevented government stealing a % of your earnings) or accused of sexual offences from decades ago after someone you had consential sex with finds out you became wealthy. So now there are 2 phrases to use in order to get away with crimes committed. 1. Poverty made me do it. 2. Jail is not for me. MartinMo
  • Score: 4

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