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Burnley dad who torched car jailed
1:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A YOUNG dad who torched his ex-partner's friend's car in the early hours, is behind bars for two years.
Colin Simpson, 30, who had also flouted a restraining order, struck not long after his release from prison.
Simpson had texted Laura Greenwood, telling her if he saw Matthew Porter's vehicle outside her house, he would burn it out, kick the door in and attack him. He told Ms Greenwood jail meant nothing to him, because he could do it.
Mr Porter's £1,300 Volkswagon Golf was later set on fire and he told police he had received threatening messages from the defendant on Facebook.
Simpson, of Clare Street, Burnley, admitted four counts of breaching a restraining order and one of arson.
He was also given a new, five year restraining order by a judge who told him he had to move on and added: "It's over."
David Macro, prosecuting, said Ms Greenwood and the defendant split up in November last year.
They had been together four years, had a son and earlier this year, he was sent to custody for 16 weeks for assaulting her. He was given a two-year restraining order.
Simpson was released on July 5 and on July 28 she started getting text messages from the defendant. She was scared, and wanting to keep the peace, she replied. The contacts became more frequent and Simpson wanted to know what she was doing.
At about 9pm, on August 10, Ms Greenwood got a message from the defendant, saying he knew Mr Porter was at her house and he accused her of sleeping with him. He threatened to burn out Mr Porter's car.
Mr Macro said at 2am, on August 11, Ms Greenwood and Mr Porter were at her home, when they saw the police and fire brigade and that Mr Porter's car was being hosed down.
A police officer was at Ms Greenwood's house later, when Ms Greenwood's phone rang and the defendant was shouting at her not to put it down. The officer went on the phone and Simpson owned up and said he would hand himself in at the police station.
Martin Hackett, defending, said Simpson had had drink problems and his thoughts got away with him.
Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt told Simpson he had created a danger to firemen.
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