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Andrew Jolly jailed over threatening 'jail letters'

Andrew Jolly
Image caption Andrew Jolly vowed to kill his ex-girlfriend

A man who sent letters from a young offenders institution threatening to kill has been jailed for three years.

Andrew Jolly was an inmate at Polmont when he wrote abusive letters to his former colleagues and an ex-girlfriend.

He previously admitted two charges of threatening or abusive behaviour.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Tyre decided not to impose a lifelong restriction order after hearing Jolly's threats were not serious and he had suffered from mental illness.

The court heard that Jolly, 20, from Bishopriggs, East Dunbartonshire, wrote that he would "love to be as good as Bible John", the 1960s Glasgow murderer.

'Pure rage'

In his letter to an ex-girlfriend, he included pornographic images from magazines, defaced bible cuttings and a paper containing satanic references.

He vowed to kill her and said he would become a "legend".

Another letter sent to a former colleague at the Asda supermarket in Robroyston in October 2010 said: "I will end [the world], burn it, put a knife through it, bullets, blades, fists anything I get my hands on to get justice."

Jolly, who was 19 at the time, described himself as "eleven stone of pure rage" and said: "People underestimate how much of a psycho I am, have been, will be. This is a warning. My last one."

The letter to his ex-girlfriend arrived at her home shortly before Christmas.

Jolly sent the letters from Polmont where he had been sent for six months detention in September 2010.

He admitted at Glasgow Sheriff court the two charges of threatening or abusive behaviour, and another of breaching a non-harassment order and bail orders banning him from contacting his former girlfriend.

Jolly later told police that he hoped he would either remain in Polmont or be committed to hospital.

He said: "I will burn down Asda if I don't get committed. I will kill people."

Psychological problems

Sheriff William Totten sent the case to the High Court to consider the imposition of an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR).

Under an OLR a judge sets a minimum term for the offender to serve but they are then only released if the parole board agrees to it. If freed they are kept under supervision.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Tyre, decided not to impose maximum jail time after hearing how Jolly suffered from psychological problems and had no intention of carrying out his threats.

Passing sentence, Lord Tyre referred to a statement provided to the court by Jolly's former lover.

He said: "Her victim impact statement stated that you spoiled and ruined her life. I do not think you appreciate the scale or impact of your actions.

"I feel that a custodial disposal is the only appropriate action to take."

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