Man “laughed sadistically” while setting fire to scare his ex-girlfriend
A man who lit a fire outside his ex-girlfriend’s house to scare her has had the opportunity to prove that he is a better person now.
Jordan Stewart waged a six-month campaign of terror against the woman, including torching trash bags outside her home and taking a crowbar in a closet inside her property.
The 24-year-old also picked up a Stanley knife and repeatedly knocked on a door with it as he made derogatory remarks to her while she was at her home in mid-2020.
Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge of abusing the woman between December 2019 and July 2020 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The woman had to put out the flames
Tax congressman Colin Neilson told the court that on one occasion in December 2019, the woman heard Stewart “laugh sadistically” outside his house before discovering he had set trash bags on fire causing damage to the building.
He added: “With the help of a neighbor, she was able to put out the flames.”
In July, Stewart then introduced himself and was allowed into the woman’s home where he began to scream, swear and become aggressive.
He then picked up a Stanley knife from the counter and stabbed it several times in a doorway.
When asked to leave, Stewart, of School Road, Aberdeen, picked up a crowbar and began to search a closet door. The woman then called the police, who arrested her.
The couple relationship was “toxic”
Defense attorney Tony Burgess called the couple’s relationship “toxic” and said Stewart has accepted that he has let his behavior “go too far.”
He added: “This couple was bad for each other and they moved on from this relationship.
“Mr. Stewart did a really good job of sinking in so as not to reoffend.
“It follows that if he is in custody, the good job he did would fall.”
Sheriff Philip Mann told Stewart there was “no doubt” his behavior “absolutely hit the threshold of custody.”
He added, “But I’m glad to see you comply and apply.
“I am reluctant to impose a Community provision today because it might be difficult or impossible to override in the event that you cease to comply with it.
“Don’t let that get you down. “
Sheriff Mann suspended the six-month sentence to allow a criminal justice social work report and progress report to be written.