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Chef threatened to burn down colleague's home with children inside
7:30am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
AN UNEMPLOYED chef threatened to burn down his ex-colleague’s home while his children slept.
Timothy Biggs, 25, of Tomswood Road, Chigwell, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court to a charge of sending communications of an indecent or offensive nature.
On July 30, Biggs sent a string of messages to David Knocks after the pair had an argument when the latter was ten minutes late for his shift at the Queen B [COR] pub in Waterson Vale, Chelmsford.
After Mr Knocks had left the premises, the defendant started texting him calling him a “scummy motherf*****” and a “muggy c***”.
Police were not called though until later the same day after a text was sent to Mr Knocks from Biggs’ phone saying: “Watch what happens to your house tonight. I hope your kids like sleeping in fire. It’s going to be hot.”
This message was sent after Mr Knocks had returned to the pub to confront Biggs over the first few texts, leading to them having a fist fight.
Head magistrate Russell Pearson slapped Biggs with a 12 month community order during which he must complete 60 hours of unpaid work.
Mr Pearson said: “These texts are pretty disgusting.
“The sentence I have given you reflects on the impact they will have had on the victim and the nature of the text messages that you sent.”
Biggs who represented himself during the hearing said he had only sent the first three messages with the later ones including the burning down the house text being sent from his phone by someone else.
Despite this he admitted he should have never sent any messages in the first place.
Standing in the dock, Biggs said: “I am sorry. I had worked with the guy for a couple of weeks and he did not make my life easy.”
Along with the community order, Biggs was also told he must pay a victims surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.
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