Man made threat to burn house during row with ex

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A man threatened to burn down his ex’s nan’s house in a message sent following the break-up of a three-year relationship.

Benjamin Teft, 24, of Duke Street, Boston, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to two charges of sending an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message and one of criminal damage.

Prosecuting Marie Stace read from a statement by Teft’s former partner, which said that on June 4, she had gone to pick up her belongings when a slight argument resulted in Teft throwing items out and tearing them up – damaging hair straighteners and a drier along with clothing – resulting in the police being called.

Then in the evening of June 4 and morning of June 5 Teft left two voicemails, containing strong language, on the victim’s phone.

The first message demanded his key, while the second contained threats to burn her nan’s house down if she didn’t ‘come straight round’. He said in the message he didn’t care whether her nan, a 60-something-year-old woman, was in the building.

Ms Stace said following this his former partner had retracted her statement and didn’t want to continue with the case, however, the charge had remained. She said in his interview Teft admitted the damage and the first message but said he couldn’t remember the second.

Defending, John Storer said Teft ‘fully accepted that in drink and in anger, he made the phone calls’ and said they were made at a time when he was ‘very upset’.

Magistrates ordered Teft to pay a £150 fine, along with £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £60 compensation.