THUGS who subjected two women to three days of intimidation pleaded guilty on the day their trial was due to start.
Kenneth Cartwright, 23, of Union Street, Chester and brothers Neil Shaw, 26, and David Shaw, 24, of Lincoln Street, Blacon all admitted putting Katie Jane Shaw in fear of violence.
The November 19 incident began when Ms Shaw and Natalie Stretton, both in their 20s, were at a city centre flat with the Shaws.
After David Shaw threatened them, they flagged down a police car. David Shaw was arrested when he returned to the flat 20 minutes later.
Cheshire police spokeswoman Sarah Nixon said: “At this time, the women were too scared to tell the officer about the threats so David Shaw was released without charge.
“That night, Cartwright turned up at the flat and threatened one of the women over statements made to the police.
“Neil Shaw later joined him and also made threats.”
The three returned to the flat two days later and took the women’s mobile phones and barred any callers to the flat from coming in.
Cartwright threatened the women with a knife claiming he would ‘stab anyone who made a statement’.
When the electricity ran out, Neil Shaw attempted to bypass the meter but damaged it, rendering it unsafe. Police were called after one of the women was allowed to leave the flat.
Cartwright and David Shaw admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and Neil Shaw admitted damaging an electricity meter on November 21.
Neil Shaw also admitted affray on the same date, when he used or threatened violence.
They will return to Chester Crown Court on June 15 for sentencing.