A MAN who threatened to kill his wife in a drug-fuelled rage has narrowly avoided immediate custody. 

Jackson McCormack's wife was so scared of how the 30-year-old was acting she recorded him, Worcester Magistrates Court heard. 

Owen Beale, prosecuting, said on December 28 last year police attended McCormack's home in Beehive Place, Worcester. 

On arrival McCormack's wife told them the defendant had been shouting and screaming after an argument over money - the court hearing McCormack had been spending around £400 a month on his cannabis habit.

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Mr Beale said: "He became aggressive. 

"She was very frightened. He said, if she left him, he would kill her." 

He also made threats to kill himself.

Police also saw the mess McCormack made at the property during the rage including the door of a wardrobe, that had been upstairs, which was found in the hallway. 

The court heard in the recordings McCormack saying he would burn the house down.

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The prosecutor said: "She tries to reassure him, it clearly didn't work."

Mr Beale said McCormack made no comment when interviewed by police.

The prosecutor said, after giving the recordings to police, his wife made no further statement adding she was sitting at the back of court to support the defendant during his court hearing. 

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McCormack, who admitted three offences of making threats to kill and assault by beating, was defended by Mark Sheward. 

The solicitor told the court McCormack had never been in trouble before adding: "It is fair to say you will never see him again."

Mr Sheward described it as a "one-off incident". 

"He went completely over the top and he doesn't know why," Mr Sheward said, suggesting the defendant's rage could have been triggered by him smoking cannabis. 

The solicitor said after the offence McCormack came off cannabis completely and the defendant was now properly medicated for his anxiety and depression following a visit to his GP. 

Carey Leonard, chairman of the magistrates bench, told McCormack he would be jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months for the offences.

As part of his suspended sentence McCormack was ordered to do 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days. 

The defendant was also ordered to pay costs of £182 and victim surcharge of £154. 

McCormack offered to pay the £336 total within 28 days, an offer the magistrates accepted.

The case was heard at the court on Tuesday, (April 25).