Angry ex’s clothes burning video posted on Facebook


A Clitheroe man filmed himself burning clothes belonging to his ex-partner and then posted the clip on Facebook.

Blackburn magistrates heard John Andrew Stevenson (49) had acted out of frustration over problems with child access, but was told by magistrates his behaviour was not acceptable.

“Nothing will ever be resolved by taking matters into your own hands,” the chairman of the Bench said.

Stevenson, of Manor Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to damaging clothing worth £300. He was fined £50 and ordered to pay £45 costs.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said the Facebook clip showed Stevenson pouring petrol on the clothes and then setting fire to them.

“In fairness to the defendant, his ex-partner has contacted the prosecution and said he has replaced the clothing,” said Miss Allan.

“She said she was not minded to proceed with the case, but that is not a decision for her.”

Stevenson, who is subject to a restraining order, told the court there were on-going problems with access to his child and his ex-partner turning up at his home, which put him in breach of the restraining order.

“It seems that if I don’t do as I am told I don’t get to see my child. I was just frustrated about the situation,” he said.