Man told to cool it after his petrol bomb threat

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A SKINT man who threatened to petrol bomb his neighbour’s house in a row over money, has been warned by magistrates to learn to control his temper.

William Cairns, 21, of Brendon Rise, was promised £70 by a neighbour in exchange for some cleaning work last year, Hastings Magistrates Court heard.

But the money was never paid, souring relations between them.

At 10am on October 16, Cairns started knocking on the woman’s door, shouting and demanding she pay the money she owed him.

He told her: “If I do not get my money, I will petrol bomb your house and kick your head in,” the court was told.

He also threatened to set fire to her partner’s car.

Cairns was arrested by police a few weeks later and questioned.

Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “He told them the background as far as he was concerned he was fed up with not being paid.

“He said he did not mean the words he spoke, just that he was very angry.”

Cairns pleaded guilty to causing harassment, alarm or distress.

Magistrates heard that Cairns had no previous convictions, but had a few cautions and official warnings.

Nick Baskett, defending, said: “There’s been ongoing problems with the neighbours with payments undertaken.

“Mr Cairns does not actually live at that address, that’s his partner’s address.

“They are both on benefits and work for money is quite important to them.

“He had no intention of carrying them (the threats) out, but accepted in interview they were likely to cause someone distress.”

He said the victim had been round to Mr Cairns address since his arrest, even thought she had been asked not to.

Mr Baskett added that the victim’s behaviour was “somewhat erratic”.

Cairns was given a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay £60 costs.