Son threatened to burn down his mother’s Gosport house

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A WOMAN fled her home after her son took a cocktail of drugs and threatened to burn the house down.

Gary Lamb had taken amphetamines, crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis when he went round to his mother Susan Lamb’s house in Beryton Road, Gosport.

She called the police after the 23-year-old threatened to kill her. When the officers arrived Lamb told them: ‘Wait until I get out, I’m going to burn that house down with all them inside.

‘Wait until I get out, she is going to come off worse. I’m going to murder them now. They’re all going to burn in that house.’

Eileen Sproson, defending, said Lamb had mental health issues and used a number of illegal drugs.

‘In the build-up to the day he was using large quantities of amphetamines, crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis,’ she said.

‘It’s clear that Mr Lamb has a very troubled relationship with his mother.’

Lamb, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two counts of making a threat to kill.

Jailing him for nine months Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘These were threats made to police officers about your mother.

‘You had attended her house and threats were made. They were obviously taken sufficiently seriously because your mother felt driven to leave the house.

‘At the time you were taking a cocktail of drugs. You have a long-standing difficult relationship with your mother.’