Man threatened to burn down ex-lover’s home


A blind man brandished a knife during a confrontation with his former partner, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Idris Hood arrived at the Sandra Galvin’s home in Sutton Road, Alford, and was invited inside for a cup of coffee.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said Hood initially appeared to be in a good mood but he suddenly became aggressive and arguing.

While inside the property Hood dropped a fishing knife onto the floor and when he picked it up he pointed it straight at Ms Galvin.

He then warned her “You’ll be dead. I’ll burn your caravan down.”

Mr Knowles said Ms Galvin feared for her safety and dialled 999. Hood responded by telling her 
“I don’t care. I’ll take them all at the front and sort them.”

Hood then left the caravan and Ms Galvin locked the door behind him. Hood was arrested soon afterwards.

Hood, formerly of Alford but now living in Yew Street, Audenshaw, Manchester, admitted possession of a bladed article as a result of the incident on July 7.

He was given a nine month community order with supervision and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

The court was told that he had served the equivalent of a four month jail sentence as a result of being remanded in custody following his arrest.

Judge Michael Heath also imposed and indefinite restraining order banning him from making any direct or indirect contact with Sandra Galvin other than through a solicitor.