A man who made threats to a woman during a theft investigation in Langdon Hills has been jailed.
Martin Pardoe, 26, of no fixed address, received 14 months in prison at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday May 27 for intimidating a witness.
He received six months for possession of a knife and one month for possession of cannabis, to run concurrently, and he has been made subject of a restraining order.
On Sunday August 25, 2019, police began an investigation into reports items were stolen from a grave in the Basildon area.
It was during this investigation that a woman received comments online from Pardoe in an attempt to intimidate her.
The following day, police received information that Pardoe was seen throwing a knife in a ditch off High Road, Langdon Hills. He was arrested shortly afterwards and confirmed to police that he had thrown the knife. He was found in possession of cannabis.
Investigating officer DC James Cross said: “Pardoe made threats to a woman who was assisting us – believing we would just drop the case.
“In fact, he was then investigated for a serious offence that has resulted in Pardoe being sent to prison.
“Not only do we investigate offences, we also protect victims and witnesses while we carry out our enquiries.
“Pardoe made attempts to hinder those enquiries and he has time to think about his actions in prison.
“I would like to thank the woman in this case for her assistance during the case. I hope this outcome offers some justice to you.”