Man’s threat to push letter bomb through front door after split
A MAN bombarded his former partner with more than 60 text messages and threatened to push a letter bomb through his own front door.
Timothy Jones, of New Dock Road, Llanelli, had sent text messages to Louise Thomas following their split at the start of the year.
In messages sent on April 4, he threatened making a letter bomb which he claimed would cause “total destruction” to the property.
As a result of the threats Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed the explosive ordnance disposal team was sent to his address.
They found a pipe with a party popper attached to it as well as household chemicals, although Jones’s defence in court disputed the substances were chemical in nature.
Jones was arrested and appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of causing harassment by causing fear of violence to Miss Thomas between April 3 and 4.
He was remanded in custody until he appeared via video link to be sentenced.
Prosecutor Abul Hussein said: “The relationship broke up three months ago and around 60 text messages were sent to Miss Thomas since then.
“On April 4, the nature of the messages were ‘third and final time before the bomb goes through the letterbox, guilty’, along with messaging that the bomb was ‘simple to make and causes total destruction’.”
Mr Hussein said a further message read: “I’m busy making another and going to Tesco to get chemicals. Last chance to get out doors and watch it happen.”
Mr Hussein added: “Police searched the property and found a pipe with a party popper stuck to it and household chemicals as well.”
Defence solicitor Richard Morgan said Jones, 50, was remorseful for his actions, adding: “He has significant mental health issues and his parents are at the back of the court in support.
“This offence was out of character and he didn’t intend to carry out anything to the property.
“He accepts he caused distress and didn’t mean harm to Miss Thomas.
“He sent the texts in anger and couldn’t express himself.”
Probation officer Rachel Jackson said Jones was diagnosed in 2016 as having autism and had difficulty expressing himself.
Magistrates gave Jones an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for two years.
He must also carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and 15 days’ rehabilitation activity, and pay £85 court costs and £115 victim surcharge.
The court also imposed an indefinite restraining order on Jones banning him from contacting Miss Thomas.
That includes going to her home, any building where she may be or via social media or the internet.