Cop convicted after threatening to kill his partner

A police officer reported that his de facto partner of five years had been kidnapped and asked his colleagues to help track her down after she left him due to his threats to kill her.

Sentencing Andrew Martin on Wednesday, a NSW magistrate said the threats were very serious but accepted he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time after working as a police officer for six years.

Magistrate John Arms told Wyong Local Court that Martin, 28, who had applied to have a conviction not recorded due to his mental health problems, also had an alcohol use disorder and a depressive disorder.

The magistrate said the threats, which Martin now regretted, were so serious that he should be convicted and made a community corrections order.

Martin was also given a two-year aggravated violence order to stay away from his former partner.

Defense lawyer Bobby Locker told the court that Martin, who pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and three charges of intimidation, had developed mental health problems as he risked his life for the community every day.

Mr Locker said that since Martin’s offending he had resigned from the force, separated from his partner and was now living with his mother.

He said it should be noted that Martin’s former partner has also been charged with domestic violence-related offences.

Martin had been a senior constable living at Hamlyn Terrace with his de facto partner when he threatened to take his service revolver home to kill her and himself last year.

His partner feared for her life and began filming and recording him as he began to verbally or physically abuse her, as she believed no one would believe her as he was a police officer.

“The behavior of the perpetrator (Martin) caused the victim to fear for her life,” according to an agreed statement of facts.

“She told police she couldn’t sleep well because she doesn’t know when the perpetrator will follow through on his threats.”

Martin threatened to hit the woman, slit her throat or shoot her.

He told her she was pathetic and criticized how she took care of the house, how much she ate and how she didn’t contribute financially.

Martin refused to let the woman apply and when she told him she was leaving him, he said, “I’m going to come find you and kill you.”

When the woman finally left Martin on May 27, 2023, he reported her to Wyong Police Station as kidnapped and asked police to investigate to locate her.

The woman went to Gosford police station two days later to make a statement about Martin’s assault and threats and he was arrested.

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