‘I will firebomb murder scene hotel’

Sasha Marsden
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A man threatened to firebomb a hotel where a 16-year-old girl was murdered.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard David Collinge, 23, was easily tracked down after writing the threat on the back of a form addressed to him.

A Police Officer outside Grafton House Hotel.

A Police Officer outside Grafton House Hotel.

Collinge was a friend of Sasha Marsden who was stabbed more than 100 times in her head, face and neck and dumped in an alleyway before being set on fire by evil David Minto.

Minto, who worked at the Grafton House hotel in South Shore, lured Sasha there on the pretext he was going to give her a part-time cleaning job at the hotel. In July, Minto, 23, who was sentenced to life behind bars, was told he must serve a minimum of 35 years before being considered for parole.

Unemployed Collinge, of Station Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to threatening to firebomb the hotel and breaking a window there.

He was sentenced to an eight-week curfew and ordered to pay £160 compensation.

Prosecutors said on August 18 hotel owner Susan Butterworth saw a hole in a downstairs window.

A guest found a note on the floor which was written on the back of a DWP form addressed to Collinge. The note said: “Your time will come murder my best mate watch what happens now. I will firebomb you.”

When interviewed Collinge said he had known Sasha for a long time and seen her every day.

He had drunk two crates of lager and two bottles of strong cider with a friend before breaking the window and putting the note inside.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said: “He now realises the man who killed Sasha was only an employee at the hotel. He has no axe to grind with the hotel owner.”

Susan Butterworth was once the future mother-in-law of David Minto.

He was engaged to her daughter Rachel Butterworth and had committed the murder while both mum and daughter were at their second jobs.