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Man jailed after Watford police chase 

 Published on: 18th October 2018   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man who broke into his ex’s home, stole a music centre and led the police on a 70 mile per hour chase through Watford and Rickmansworth has been jailed for 21 months.

Thomas Wong, 31, then subjected the victim to threats, telling her to “fear for her life.”

Prosecutor Chetna Patel told St Albans crown court that Wong, who had been drinking, broke into her unoccupied home by removing a pane of glass on Thursday August 16 this year.

A witness saw him leaving her home with the music centre at around 5.45 in the afternoon.

The police were called and a patrol car saw Wong driving in the area. He was chased through a 30mph zone at up to 70 mph.

He ignored red traffic lights and keep left signs before being boxed in by other police cars.

Officers smelt alcohol on his breath and he was arrested for drunk driving, but failed to give a breath sample.

The next day and the day after that, the victim received calls from an unknown number. On one, Wong told her: “Fear for your life. You will never be at peace. Every day of your life, every day of the month will be a shock,” he said.

Wong, a furniture fitter, of Brook Avenue, Wembley, appeared for sentence via a video link from Wormwood Scrubs having pleaded guilty to burglary, dangerous driving, and harassment and failing to provide a specimen.

The court heard he had eight convictions for nine offences, including causing the victim actual bodily harm.

Defending, Allen Wellington said the offences had been committed on impulse while Wong was under the influence of alcohol. He said his client had a problem with drink. He said the driving had lasted for five minutes and nobody had been injured. 

Recorder David Craig QC also banned him from driving for 24 months and made an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim.

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