Sutton man’s threat to torch properties

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AN Ashfield man declared war on his former partner and threatened to burn down both her and her father’s home, a court was told.

James Davis was separated from Melissa Pemberton when he sent numerous text messages which included threats to damage property.

A complaint was made to police and Davis (20) took exception to what he described as her father’s ‘interference’.

He said matters had been made worse by involving police and he continued to make threats.

Davis declared ‘it’s war’ and threatened to torch her father’s home if he ended up in custody.

He also threatened to burn down her Shirebrook home, Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates on Wednesday.

Davis, formely of Bore Hill Grove and now of Jepson Buildings, Sutton, admitted charges of harassing Ms Pemberton and intimidating her as a witness last November.

Said probation officer, Gerry Starnes: “He showed a total lack of understanding and couldn’t see how his actions could impact on his victim. He didn’t seem to connect with the serious nature of the offence,”

Steve Brint, for Davis, said: “He sometimes does nothing for three or four days and then pulls himself together.”

The hearing was adjourned for a day while Davis was assessed by a mental health team serving the courts. He was then given a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs, and a restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Pemberton for an indefinite period.