Man convicted of arson threat after shop row

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A ROW over using a toilet behind a kebab shop ended up with a man threatening to burn down the premises, including the owner’s home above it.

Jamie Dawkins was convicted of threatening Ferhat Demir, the owner of The Gregson Grill in Gregson Avenue, Bridgemary, after a trial at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

The 22-year-old and his then girlfriend had been driving around Gosport when she said she needed the toilet at lunchtime on June 7.

Dawkins, who lived in Gosport at the time, decided to go to the nearby Grill where he claimed ‘the owner’ had given permission to use a toilet at the back of the shop.

But while his girlfriend was using the toilet, Mr Demir came to the balcony of the flat above the shop and asked what they were doing.

The court heard how Dawkins, of Westminster Place, Portsmouth, unleashed foul abuse at him, including the threats.

Witness Xaio Ren, then Mr Demir’s neighbour, was about to go out in her car when Dawkins’ Citroen Saxo pulled in behind her, blocking her in.

Mrs Ren said she heard Dawkins shout: ‘I will burn your car, I will smash it up, I will melt your car.’

She added: ‘He kept saying something like that several times and then he said: “I will burn your shop”.’

Caroline Palacio, defending, said: ‘This was a heat of the moment thing which arose out of an argument. There’s no question of a campaign against the owner or any history of one.’

Dawkins had an earlier community order revoked and was sentenced to a new six-month community order with supervision.

He was also ordered to pay £100 in court costs.

Chairman James Chestnutt said: ‘It’s encouraging to hear that you found your time with probation beneficial, but as this experience has proved, we are still back here today.’