Man threatened to burn down ex-partner’s home

By Cambrian News reporter in Law

A TREGARON man threatened to burn down his ex-partner’s home after a row over money, a court heard.

Stephen Waldron, 30, made a string of threats to burn down Elizabeth Hadley’s home in messages to her, with Ms Hadley saying that while Waldron was usually “all mouth”, she had never seen him so angry.

Waldron pleaded guilty to three charges of sending an offensive or menacing message through a communication network on 4 March, but while defence solicitor Katy Hanson admitted the messages were “clearly distressing” she said Waldron had not meant to carry out the threats.

Prosecutor Kevin Challinor said Waldron, of Milwyn House, had asked Ms Hadley for £20 which she initially said she would give to him.

However, she realised she didn’t have enough money to be able to give cash to Waldron so told him she couldn’t. She told police that Waldron’s “attitude changed” after that and shortly afterwards she got a message from him threatening to set fire to her home.

Waldron sent more messages saying he was intending to burn the house down with people inside and saying that he was walking over to the property.

Mr Challinor said Waldron had also put up a Face­book post saying he was going to “set fire” to things.

After his arrest, Waldron insisted he was not going­ to carry out the threats.

Ms Hanson said Waldron had been under a lot of stress at the time following the break-up of the relationship, but that the threats were not something he would ever carry out.

She said Waldron would benefit from a community order and the assistance of the probation service after warning that with the imminent loss of his accommodation, his life could “unravel”.

Waldron was given a 12-month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 80 hours of unpaid work.

He will also pay costs of £170 and was made subject to a restraining order to stay away from Ms Hadley for two years.

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