Washington man threatened to set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home

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A MAN threatened to set fire to his ex-partner’s home during a violent confrontation.

David Robinson warned Emma Tweddle “I’m going to burn your house” down while trying to force his way inside on January 23.

Newcastle Crown Court heard a neighbour called the police after hearing the threats and the 40-year-old was arrested.

Prosecutor Diane Spence told the court: “Miss Tweddle said she believed he would carry out this threat.

“She was scared he would set her flat alight and she would be inside if he did so.

“She said he had recently become aggressive and she was frightened of him.”

The court heard Robinson had been at Miss Tweddle’s home that day to collect his belongings after their two-year relationship ended.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Robinson, who has mental health problems, never intended to carry out his threat.

Mr recorder Jeremy Freedman sentenced Robinson to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with an alcohol treatment requirement.

Robinson, of Bamburgh Close, Washington, had pleaded guilty to affray.