A MAN who threatened to set fire to a Herefordshire woman's tent and dog has been handed a conditional discharge by a court.

Robert Lane appeared before magistrates in Worcester for sentencing in April after entering a guilty plea to one count of threatening to damage or destroy property at an earlier hearing in March.

The court heard from prosecutor Aleigha Adams that the 46-year-old had, without lawful excuse, threatened that a dog and a tent belonging to a woman in Ross-on-Wye would be set alight on May 14.


He had intended that she would fear that the threat would be carried out, the court was told.

Lane, who was represented at the hearing by defence solicitor Mr Patel and who is of Mayfield Road in Worcester, was handed a 12-month conditional discharge for the offence, with magistrates saying they had taken his guilty plea into account when making their decision.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £110 to the victim, prosecution costs of £300, and a £22 victim surcharge, which is used to help fund services supporting victims of crime.