Norwich man admits setting fire to his partner’s bra

Peter Walsh peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Monday, January 27, 2014
5:45 PM

A man set fire to his partner’s bra and underwear - and put some of his own clothes in a gas cooker - after getting drunk, a court has heard.

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Simon Locke, 30, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to arson on January 12 this year at a property in Norwich.

Denis King, prosecuting, said Locke, c/o Honey Close, off Knox Road, Norwich, who had been in a relationship with the complainant for about five years had been drinking since about noon and was found passed out on the bedroom floor at about 7pm.

He got into bed and was sick which prompted the complainant to ask him to leave because of the way he was behaving.

She later saw Locke sitting on the edge of the bed with a bra and a lighter in his hands.

Mr King said: “The bra had been set alight by him.”

The court heard there were flames in the floor in front of him on the carpet which were stamped out by the complainant who also took the bra.

Locke then took more items from the drawer, mostly underwear, which she grabbed from him as he was trying to light it.

He later attempted to put some of his own clothes in the gas cooker “and tries to light it” but is stopped by the complainant who locked the doors after he left but eventually let him back in because of the noise he was making.

Ryan Creek, mitigating, said his client was “very remorseful” for what had happened and had made “full and frank admissions in interview” as indicated by his “prompt” early guilty plea.

Mr Creek said it was the first time he had been before the courts but the reason as to why it happened was a “mystery” to Locke.

He said there had been a disagreement between the complainant and Locke who gets “extremely drunk” and as a way of provoking a response set fire to her bra.

Mr Creek said: “Fortunately what could’ve happened didn’t.”

He added Locke, who has a young child with the complainant and was like a father to her four children, has attempted to get help for his alcohol problems and wants to patch things up with his family and “hopefully” return home.

Roger Marston, chair of the bench of magistrates, said they considered it to be a “really serious offence” and sentence was adjourned until February 25 so a full report could be prepared.

Locke was granted unconditional bail.

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