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Jail for Accrington man who cut gas pipe to ex-girlfriend's flats
12:48pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A 27-YEAR-old man has been jailed after severing a gas pipe at the block of flats where his former partner lived.
Carl Landon didn’t consider the risk when he struck in an “act of petulance”’ at the home of Sarah McGee, in a block of 12 flats on Platt Close, Accrington.
He had flown into a rage after she ended the relationship but could have put her life and her neighbours’ lives in danger, a court heard.
Burnley Crown Court was told how, fortunately, the money had run out in the pre-payment meter from which Landon had ripped the plastic cover to get at the pipe, and the gas leak stopped.
But an expert said, if the gas had carried on escaping, there could potentially have been an explosion and lives could have been endangered.
The hearing was told how Landon’s actions may have been a suicide attempt, as before breaking the pipe in two places, he was said to have sent Miss McGee a Facebook message that read: “Going to end it now. Love you. xxx.” But he later phoned her and started laughing.
Landon, of Willows Lane, Accrington, had earlier admitted destroying or damaging property, being reckless as to whether life was endangered and common assault. He was jailed for two years and eight months and also received a four-year restraining order.
David Macro, prosecuting, said the defendant and Ms McGee, 30, had been together for six months. On May 31, while Miss McGee was out, a neighbour saw Landon closing the door of the outhouse where the gas and electricity meters were. She could smell gas.
Mr Macro said: “The whole block could have blown up.”
Hugh Barton, for Landon, said: “He deeply regrets that he did not consider the wider risk.”
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