A County Durham man has been jailed for threats to 'slash' and 'bury' his victim via online messages.

David Birks, of no fixed abode but originally from Peterlee, sent a threatening message through Facebook in February and May of 2024 directed towards his victim.

On February 1, he threatened to slash his victim's face and damage his nose.

Again, on May 29, he messaged a threat that his victim would be 'buried'. 

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Alongside the threats, Birks broke a restraining order on July 2 of this year after he contacted a person via Facebook Messenger.

On Friday (July 5), he appeared in Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court, where he indicated a guilty plea to two charges of 'send communication threatening death or serious harm' and another of ' breach of a restraining order on conviction'.

Birks was sentenced to six weeks in prison for the threats, and an eight-week term for breaching the restraining order - totalling 14 weeks behind bars.