Man threatened to torch ex’s home

sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court
sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

A CHESTERFIELD man threatened to put burning mail through the letter box at his former partner’s home during a bout of harassment.

Rebecca Fotheringham told police she and Kevin Clark split up last Christmas and she tried to stay on friendly terms with him but he became abusive.

She said he sent her insulting text and voice messages, calling her a “cheap slag” and “damaged goods”, and wishing that she died in pain.

Clark (53) called Ms Fotheringham a “user” who “slept around” and he threatened to kill her, claiming he had put burning mail through her door.

“She wasn’t at home when she received this message and was so worried that she telephoned police. She wanted her home to be checked in case it was on fire,” prosecutor Helen Griffiths told town magistrates.

Clark was arrested and said he had made “idle threats” because he was drunk and she had started a new relationship. He told police he was disgusted with himself.

His solicitor, Phil Bloore, said the relationship started last October but they were not well matched.

She upset him by making a false complaint that he had a firearm and his family told him the relationship was wrecking his health, said Mr Bloore.

They split up the following day but kept some contact, and a row blew up over the phone on May 12.

“He said these awful things but it was just hot air. As soon as he calmed down he regretted it. He doesn’t want further contact with her. Prior to this he was of impeccable character.

“He had found she was seeing someone else but this wasn’t the motive for the offence,” added Mr Bloore.

Clark, of Stanley Street, Spital, admitted harassment between May 12-15. He was given a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs, and a restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Fotheringham, of Hasland, for two years.