Ex-partner jailed for five years over attack campaign
A prolific offender, who lashed out at the family of his former partner with arson and vandal attacks, has been jailed for five years.
The woman had had an eight year relationship with Timothy Little, which had ended three years previously, a judge heard.
The 36-year-old, with previous convictions involving 113 separate offences, phoned her on April 26, the day he was released from a prison sentence, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
She told him she had moved on years ago and had a new man in her life, explained Miss Amanda O’Mara, prosecuting.
Shortly afterwards the victim received a text message from Little which prompted her to contact the police.
The next day Little went to her grandmother’s Dudley home and used an accelerant to start a fire which burned down the garden shed destroying its contents worth hundreds of pounds, continued the prosecutor.
Then the defendant moved to the nearby address of the woman’s sister and scrawled slogans in foot high letters on every panel of her car, causing £400 damage.
Little, who has a drug habit, had also broken into a shop, a restaurant and house in January, the court heard.
He stole £3,000 worth of electrical equipment from the Ryman Stationery branch in Dudley High Street after forcing a door.
The defendant smashed a window at the Old Glasshouse restaurant in Priory Street, Dudley but left empty-handed after leaving a blood stain on a piece of cardboard that matched his DNA.
He also smashed a window to get into the porch of a house in Watson Green Road, Kates Hill and stole a envelope containing £400 cash left by the occupant’s sister who was going to change it into dollars. The culprit was recognised from CCTV footage.
Mr Jason Pegg, defending Little, of no fixed address, who chose not to be brought to court from prison where he was on remand, said: “He turned to drink and cannot remember some of the things that happened afterwards.”
The defendant admitted arson, criminal damage, harassment and burglary.
Judge Michael Challinor said: “The arson was a revenge attack and the victims had to watch the conflagration. It was very frightening and deeply affected them when it was discovered who was responsible.”
He proceeded with sentencing in Little’s absence.
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