Partner told: 'Remember dream where I cut your throat, this is the reality'
A MAN who had previously told his girlfriend he had dreamed about slitting her throat held a knife to her neck and told her: "Remember that dream — This is the reality".
Barend Breet, aged 33, of Woodlands Terrace in Swansea, admitted causing Tracy Andrew actual bodily harm after he held a knife to her throat and slapped her repeatedly.
He also admitted theft of two phones belonging to her.
She appeared in the public gallery of Swansea Crown Court having written to the judge asking for Breet not to be punished.
Prosecutor Tom Scapens said Breet had shown he was jealous of her talking to other men, including her ex partner.
In the lead-up to the attack, in August this year, he had told her he had dreamed about killing her ex and slitting her throat.
On August 20, he went to her home and asked if her ex-partner was there. When she said he wasn't, Breet pulled a kitchen knife from his clothes and held it to her throat and she could feel the blade on her skin.
He then told her: "Remember the dream I had where I cut your throat, now this is the reality."
Mr Scapens said at this time she believed he would indeed hurt her but managed to "squeeze herself" off him.
He then slapped her repeatedly around her head and she said her ears were ringing. Breet also has a previous conviction for assaulting a former partner. When police arrived at her address they found Breet lying in the road outside, he told them his drink had been spiked.
The judge sentencing him said the fact he was suspending the 10 month sentence for 24 months was because of Miss Andrews. Recorder Mark Powell said: "The fact you're going to walk away today from court is entirely, in my judgement, as a result of Miss Andrews being here today. Every moment you enjoy of your liberty you must realise you have her to thank for that. She wrote me a letter where she said she doesn't want you to be prosecuted and didn't think it would be helpful for you to be prosecuted and that you need assistance and help with your difficulties, not punishment," he said.
"When you look at your antecedents it isn't the first time this has happened but if it happens again, the sort of sentence you will be looking at is going to be a long one," he said. "It's completely unacceptable."