Stourbridge man who threatened to burn his pregnant girlfriend's face avoids jail (From Stourbridge News)
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Stourbridge man who threatened to burn his pregnant girlfriend's face avoids jail
10:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A STOURBRIDGE man who threatened to burn his pregnant "terrified" former girlfriend's face with a blow torch has been allowed by a Judge to keep his freedom.
Micah Taylor used the torch to burn clothing belonging to Elisha Spalding who was "really panicking" because her children were in the house, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
David Lees, prosecuting, said Taylor told her “mess with fire and expect to get burned" before swinging the blow torch and singeing the carpet.
He said the pair had been in a nine-month relationship but after things deteriorated they continued to live together in Heathfield Gardens.
Three days earlier, he added, Taylor had assaulted his former partner - now the mother of his two children - when he grabbed her tightly around the throat.
Then, when he returned to the property, they argued again and he took the blow torch from his toolbox, attached the gas cyclinder and lit it before waving it around the room.
Taylor, aged 25, admitted arson and assault by beating and he was given a nine-month jail term suspended for 18 months and placed on Supervision for a year.
Judge Amjad Nawaz further ordered him to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community as he described what happened to Miss Spalding as "extremely frightening."
He added: "It would have only needed a moment of recklessness for you to have been facing a much more serious charge. That is what happens when people lose their self control and lose their temper."
The Judge said he had placed Miss Spalding, who has two other children, and her family in real danger and that was a matter of real concern.
Caroline Haughey, defending, said Taylor accepted he had acted "grotesquely out of character" in what was a wholly inappropriate manner.
He had over-reacted after the argument with Miss Spalding and took full responsibility for his actions inside the house where he made a serious error of judgement.
Miss Haughey maintained Taylor who, since the offence had been living in Milcoat Drive, Sutton Coldfield, was now a much different man and Miss Spalding had intimated she wanted their relationship to restart.