Man who tried to torch car of ex before pulling out knives is spared jail

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A MAN who tried to torch his ex-partner’s car and pulled out two knives when he was confronted has been spared jail.

Stephen Egan, 36, tried to set fire to Constance Lockhurst’s car parked outside her house early in the morning.

She heard a noise and saw smoke coming from the passenger side of her Renault Megane and quickly put out the fire by throwing water on it.

Egan pulled up in his car and told her to go and get her boyfriend who he wanted to fight with and produced two knives.

Victoria Lamballe, prosecuting at Teeside Crown Court, said: “He pointed them in the direction of the complainant and said ‘go and get Darren’.

“She immediately went back to the property and contacted police.”

Egan was pulled over around two hours later at 8.40am after being seen by police on Powlett Road.

He was found to be over the drink drive limit with 59 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

The court was told the couple had been in a relationship until last December.

Egan told police that Miss Lockhurst had made threats towards him in the run-up to the incident on March 31, and she had also abused his sister and her partner.

Egan said he went to fight with Miss Lockhurt’s boyfriend but he failed to show up, and he went to her house to look for him.

Andrew Teate, mitigating, said: “He apologises wholeheartedly to the individuals who became embroiled in this and he entirely regrets the actions he took.”

Egan, of Lime Crescent, Hartlepool, admitted arson, possessing an offensive weapon and drink driving.

He was given nine months prison, suspended for 12 months, with supervision, and banned from driving for two years.