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A man torched a pile of his partner’s clothes after he became jealous and accused her of flirting with a pub bouncer, a court has heard. Martin Whitworth collected hundreds of pounds’ worth of the woman’s clothing from the house and set fire to them in the garden after a row on a night out which had been arranged to try to rekindle their romance.

James Hartson, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court, said Whitworth and the complainant in the case had been in an “on-off” relationship for around two years and had split up most recently in May this year. On September 13 the pair met for drinks to discuss the possibility of getting back together but during the course of the evening the defendant became jealous and accused the woman of making advances to a bouncer.




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The court heard the woman left the bar and walked home to the Mount Pleasant area of the city but when she got there she found the defendant was already inside the house and had left his keys in the lock meaning she could not get in. The woman called out to 57-year-old Whitworth and he told her: “I’m burning your clothes.”

The court heard the woman set off on foot to walk to Swansea Central police station but then smelled smoke. When she checked her back garden she saw a pile of her clothes and her iPhone had been set alight. Mr Hartson said given the size of the burn mark subsequently found on the group it was clear the fire had been “not insubstantial”.

Whitworth was arrested and interviewed and said it was in fact the complainant who had been jealous of him. He admitted he had burnt the clothes out of “revenge”. The court heard the torched clothes had been valued at £500 and the phone at £300.

Martin Whitworth, of Cadle Mill, Cadle, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to arson when he appeared in the dock for sentencing. He has no previous convictions. Judge Huw Rees said the danger of arson was the unpredictable nature of a fire and how it could quickly it could spread. Whitworth was sentenced to 144 days in prison which is the same length of time he had been on remand meaning his sentence has been served.



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