Shoes torched in blazing row

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A Buxton man set fire to a bag of his wife’s shoes in “a moment of madness” following a row, a court heard.

Police called to Cheedale in Buxton, on October 23, found bags of Julie Hacking’s clothes outside the property.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, prosecuting, said: “They also noticed a pile of ashes smouldering on a grass verge.”

The items were thought to be bin liner with pairs of shoes inside. A petrol can and a fire extinguisher were close by.

John Hacking, 48, admitted a charge of criminal damage when he appeared before High Peak magistrates on Monday

The court was told that the couple had rowed and Mrs Hacking had gone to a friend’s house.

The defendant had turned up and there had been an altercation in which he had threatened to burn her things.

Saul Comish, defending, said: “It was a domestic argument. He had gone to throw her clothes out and in a moment of madness he had gone on to set fire to some items.”

Mr Comish said Hacking had recently started a new job, which had resulted him in working nights and long hours, and he had been under a lot of pressure.

He said his client rarely drank but had been out to the pub earlier in the day and it appeared to have affected his behaviour.

Magistrates fined Hacking £267, ordered him to pay £100 compensation, a £15 government surcharge and £85 costs.