Lovelorn man said he would torch pub

Lovelorn man said he would torch pub

By Andrew Mosley | 13/05/2021

Lovelorn man said he would torch pub

 

A JEALOUS boyfriend who threatened to burn down the pub where his partner was having a drink has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Graham Hemmingham (46) hurled threats at his then-partner and the manager of the pub in a terrifying rant in the street outside the Ball Inn in Sheffield in August last year.

Hemmingham, of Carson Avenue, Dinnington, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for a year and 250 hours of unpaid work by magistrates and ordered to pay both women compensation after admitting threatening behaviour, harassment and two counts of assault.

Hemmingham was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £128 victim surcharge, and was given a restraining order in relation to both victims.

The pub landlady welcomed the outcome of the court hearing, saying: “I’m happy with the fact that he has to stay away from the pub.

“He put something on Facebook which he later removed saying about ‘landlady RIP’. It was threatening as I thought he was going to do it.

“He was driving past and throwing bricks at the pub, and banging on the window.

“He was just jealous that she (his then-partner) was in there having a drink without him. She was on the phone to him and I went out to try to calm him down.

“I said I would phone the police and he said: ‘You’ve done it – I’m going to burn the pub down.’ It was just horrible.

“It was scary, especially when I saw the message he’d put on Facebook.

“I think she (his ex-partner) is happy with the outcome – it frightened her at the time.”

The landlady said Hemmingham had not been popular with other drinkers at the pub because he had “an issue with his temper”.

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