‘Violent and unstable man’ jailed

Below - Gary Yates
Below - Gary Yates

A MAN who torched his partner’s home after she fled following a violent attack has been jailed for eight years.

Gary Yates was described by a judge as “a volatile, violent, unstable and unpredictable man.”

Gary Yates

Gary Yates

Judge David Aubrey, QC said that 47-year-old Yates poses a significant risk of causing serious harm to members of the public and he extended his licence by four years, meaning he will be liable for recall for the next 12 years.

While he had his hands around the neck of his partner, Rita Carter, he was claiming he was Jesus Christ and Liverpool Crown Court heard he has “a long standing and deeply ingrained personality disorder” but psychiatrists had not recommended a hospital order.

The court heard that Yates had woken Ms Carter up in her home in Knowles Place, Scholes, on September 23 last year by throwing an ornament which hit her on the back of the head. He pushed her down and had his hands around her throat and then punched her in the face, body and ribs, causing unpleasant lacerations and bruising.

“She was clearly extremely frightened and after the sustained attack she fled from the house and you left taking some of her property.

“The seriousness of your offending escalated and escalated considerably,” said Judge Aubrey.

“You returned to that three bedroom mid-terrace house and in reality burnt it down. There were two seats of fire, one on a mattress on a bed upstairs and the other downstairs on a seat. You had applied a naked flame and it was deliberate and the fact there were two seats of fire is significant,

“She had lived there for 25 years and in reality the house was gutted and is now a shell. Not only did she lose her home she has lost all her belongings,” said Judge Aubrey.

He told Yates, of Kent Avenue, Platt Bridge: “You use drugs and alcohol on a regular basis and you are a violent man when intoxicated.”

The court heard that he has 42 previous convictions including eight for violence ad had been jailed in 2005 for two knifepoint robberies.

Yates had pleaded guilty to arson being reckless whether the lives of neighbours were endangered, wounding and stealing jewellery, cash, cosmetics and a mobile phone from Ms Carter.

He also admitted possessing a kitchen knife found on him when he was arrested by police in Wellington Street, Scholes, for the offences.

He additionally admitted stealing a mobile phone in an unrelated incident.

Denise Fitzpatrick, defending, said that Yates had admitted his offending and was remorseful.