Man jailed for ‘I’ll burn down your house’ threat

Thursday 30th June 2022 4:00 pm
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A MAN who confronted a woman in the street and threatened to burn her house down while she was walking with her two-year-old grandson has been jailed for 29 weeks.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Mordecai Sunrise lived wild in the woods near Monmouth and had made repeat threats to her and outside her home.

Prosecutor Andrew Kendall said she had known him for several years, and he had stayed at her mother’s house when homeless.

But on the morning of October 25, 2021, as the woman walked into town with her grandson, Sunrise swore at her and said: “I’m going to burn your house down”.

“She was horrified,” said Mr Kendall, who added that some two weeks later on November 8 he verbally abused her outside the Coffee #1 shop in Monnow Street.

Two days later around 10.30pm “the defendant was shouting in the direction of the housing estate” where she lives, he said.

He had often been heard hollering from the woods, but this time shouted ‘I’m going to burn you… you’re all going to die”.

The shouting was so loud, the women thought it was in her front garden, added the prosecutor.

Sunrise, of no fixed abode, and who has five previous convictions for 12 offences, admitted two charges of threatening to destroy or damage property and a public order offence.

“She worries about the defendant,” said Kendall. “She was struggling being woken up in the night.

“She said she has stopped walking her dog in the area as she is afraid she will bump in to the defendant.

“This is repeat offending against the same victim.”

Sunrise has five previous convictions for 12 offences.

“This is a very very troubled soul indeed,” said Joe Maloney for Sunrise.

“Efforts were made to get a psychiatric assessment in place but there was an issue over getting Mr Sunrise to attend.

“There’s no doubt that this man has considerable health problems, and is in a very, very poor state.”

“I’m told that, upon his release, he will resume his lifestyle living in the wild in the woods outside Monmouth,” he said.

Following the sentencing, residents reported this week that Sunrise was already out of jail after time served on remand.

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