Husband burnt wife’s wedding dress

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A HUSBAND burnt his wife’s clothes – including her wedding dress – on a bonfire when they split up.

Blackpool magistrates heard Paul Gray also put her smart “going out” clothes, all her underwear and a bridesmaid’s dress on a pyre he built on the patio of the family home.

Gray, 48, of Edelston Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether property was damaged.

He was sentenced to pay his wife £300 compensation and ordered to do 12 months’ supervision, plus carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community by Blackpool magistrates.

Gray was also made the subject of a two-year restraining order which bans him from contacting his wife.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the pair married soon after meeting when Gray lost his job and began drinking heavily.

Hugh Pond, defending, told the court Gray had previously been in a relationship with a woman for 34 years but they had not wed and he married the complainant on the rebound.

Mr Pond added: “He thinks he made a mistake when he married her and no doubt she thinks the same about him.”

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