Man threatened to bomb home

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A HINDLEY man threatened to petrol bomb the home of his sister while she and her children were inside, a court heard.

William Sinclaire, who had been prosecuted for smashing a window at her home on an earlier occasion, shouted that she was “a dirty grass”.

His sister, Elaine Crook, who was in the bedroom of her Hindley home, heard shouting and looking out saw it was Sinclaire, said Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting.

He also shouted: “Before I go to jail I’ll petrol bomb your house when your kids are in it.”

He then ran off and she rang the police. Later the same day, February 17, following reports about a man with a baseball bat in the town centre, community support officers attended and saw him.

When they approached him he started to become aggressive and waved the bat at them. “They managed to calm him down and took the bat from him and the police arrived and arrested him,” said Miss Mottram.

In an interview he said he had been drinking but admitted shouting threats at his sister because of the earlier incident in October.

He said he had bought the baseball bat because a man had tried to attack him.

Sinclaire, 31, formerly known as Lamb, of Pryce Avenue, Hindley, pleaded guilty to affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that he has convictions for 13 previous offences and was currently under supervision for an assault.

Miss Mottram said that in a statement his sister said that her brother needed help for his drinking.

Steven Swift, defending, said that it was clear that Sinclaire had a long term problem with alcohol.

He has shown willingness to tackle his problems and has enrolled on courses to help him.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, placed him under supervision for 12 months and ordered him to carry out 120 hours unpaid work. “A community order is best for you and best for the community,” he said.