Thug set fire to ex’s hoodie on FaceTime ‘to make clear relationship was over’

A boyfriend who burned his ex’s hoodie on FaceTime to “impress upon her their relationship was over” has been spared jail.

Jordan Douglas, 20, was already banned from contacting his former girlfriend by a court order, but claimed it was she who had got in touch with him over Facetime.

Prosecutor Katie Cunningham told Falkirk Sheriff Court: “During the Facetime she could clearly see the accused holding a hooded jumper, which belonged to her.

“Whilst holding the jumper, he set it on fire. He was initially seen to blow out the flame before he went back and re-lit the jumper.”

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She took a screenshot of the incident and it was later handed it to police.

Douglas was arrested and interviewed, and made no reply to caution and charge.

Douglas, of Broxburn, West Lothian, pleaded guilty to malicious electronic communication, and breaching a non-harassment order.

The incident occurred in Maddiston, Falkirk, on August 16th (2021).

Defence solicitor Robert Smith said Douglas and the owner of the burned item of clothing had been in a relationship which had just come to an end.

Mr Smith said: “His position is that it was her who had contacted him, because he was in a new relationship, and she was unhappy about that.

“He wanted to impress upon her that their relationship was at an end, and thought there was some symbolism in setting fire to her hoodie.

“She saw that on her phone and retained it. I think it was seen by her father, who contacted the police.”

Sheriff Christopher Shead sentenced Douglas to 120 hours of unpaid work.

He told him: “A very short time ago in the memory of the court you’d simply be going to prison today, but as I perceive the guidance offered to the lower courts, you are insulated from that to some extent by virtue of your age.”

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