Spurned former boyfriend set fire to Ipplepen stables
A SPURNED boyfriend burned down stables in Ipplepen belonging to his former partner, a court has heard.
Warren Wilmot, 36, of Smith Hill, Bishopsteignton, set fire to Street Meadow Stables before catching a taxi from the scene.
Exeter Crown Court was told in the weeks leading up to the arson he had sent abusive text messages to the stable-owner who had ended their relationship.
The messages included threats to kill her horses.
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Wilmot pleaded guilty to arson, but the case was adjourned for psychiatric reports after the judge was told the defendant had a history of acting unpredictably when relationships ended.
The incident happened on June 23.
Prosecutor Alexander Allsop said Wilmot set fire to a barn containing six stables. He let out a horse before lighting the match and no animals were harmed. "The defendant and the lady had been in a relationship which she had ended," said the prosecutor.
He sent her abusive text messages claiming he was going to burn down the barn.
One message said: "Barn, matches, bye bye.
"Wilmot went to a garage, bought a container and filled it up with petrol.
"He set fire to the barn then got a taxi from the scene to a friends," said the prosecutor.
Judge Philip Wassell said Wilmot had a history of committing criminal damage to deal with relationship problems.
He said: "It indicates this is repeat behaviour of him acting completely inappropriately, if not dangerously, if things go wrong domestically."
The case was adjourned until March 1.