A man was jailed for ten months after threatening his former partner with “top guys” he had met in prison.
One text message said they were armed robbers and drug dealers with Christian Kemp adding: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
A suspended prison sentence had already been imposed on Kemp, 40, of Eastwood Road, Kimberley. He admitted harassment and breach of the order.
Judge Jonathan Gosling told him: “You got drunk and sent menacing messages for three days.
“I accept you were drunk. You put yourself in breach of a community order and the suspended sentence.”
He issued a restraining order which bars Kemp from contacting the woman for five years.
Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court: “There are either specific or veiled threats.
“She said she found it very distressing and a feeling of being suffocated by this defendant.”
The problems happened in September, the court heard.
Emma Hodgson, mitigating, said: “He was suffering from depression at the time and consumed alcohol which impaired his judgment.
“The next day he sent a message of apology for what he said. He was at a really low ebb.”
The court was told he had been in custody since November 25 when he broke the terms of his bail by sending another message.