Man’s threat to push let­ter bomb through front door af­ter split

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­ 07790 591150

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.

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