Northwich man sent family videos threatening to blow up his flat if they didn't send him cash

-Credit: (Image: Cheshire Constabulary)
-Credit: (Image: Cheshire Constabulary)

A 23-year-old man has been jailed after setting fire to numerous items in his flat - including his own underwear - as he sent abusive messages to family members demanding they send him cash. Jordan Donnelly appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, July 4 where he was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

It comes after Donnelly, of Chapel Court, Northwich, pleaded guilty to threatening to destroy his own property and endangering life at an earlier hearing. The court heard that on December 11 last year, police received a call from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service reporting that a man had been setting fire to paper inside his own property.

Officers were told that Donnelly had been sending numerous abusive messages to family members, threatening to blow his flat up if they did not send him money. The defendant even went as far as to send them videos of him setting fire to a number of items, including letters, the flat carpet, sofa and his own underwear.

When officers arrived at the address, Donnelly was asked about the strong burning smell present, to which he responded that he had burnt some toast. However, a subsequent search of the address found numerous burnt pieces of paper scattered across the flat and fire damage to the carpet and the sofa.

There were no bread or packaging present at the address. Donnelly was promptly arrested and a search of his phone revealed more messages containing abusive language sent by him via Facebook Messenger. Donnelly answered no comment to all questions directed toward him when interviewed and was subsequently charged.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Alli Connolly said: "Donnelly not only caused considerable stress to his own family through the sending of numerous threatening and abusive messages, but he also caused substantial damage to his own home, which was also a housing association-owned property.

"Today's sentencing shows our continued zero tolerance against any kind of threatening behaviour, and I hope this result provides reassurance to residents that our officers will always take swift action against perpetrators who insist on making others feel unsafe."

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