23rd Oct, 2017

Young mum jailed for campaign of intimidation and anti-social behaviour

Coventry Editorial 25th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MUM-TO-BE has been sentenced to three years in prison after leaving a burning petrol bomb outside the home of a man she had a grudge against.

Pregnant Kim Wise, of Blenheim Avenue in Holbrooks, had run a campaign of intimidation and anti-social behaviour against Nicholas Hill as a result of issues she was said to have had with him in the past, Warwick Crown Court heard.

And on a Saturday afternoon in September he was watching television in the rear living room of the home on Rotherham Road he shared with his mother with the curtains drawn to block the sun shining in when he became aware of a flickering out of the corner of his eye.

He went to the door, and when he pulled the curtain back he saw a blue plastic bag in which there was a wine bottle with a burning rag in the neck. Wise was seen standing by a grey car in the service road outside a nearby shop.

She was later arrested with traces of accelerant on her hands, but told officers: “I’ve been stitched up. When I get out of here I’m going to go round and kill him”, later claiming she had suffered a complete lapse of memory due to medication that she had ignored advice not to drink while taking.

Simon Hunka, defending, told the court Wise was five months pregnant and had two other children who were with foster parents.

He added: “She did not really appreciate quite how serious it was. This was an act of sheer stupidity by someone who had been through quite a lot.

“Anyone who describes herself as being an alcoholic since the age of ten has not had a good life.”

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told her: “Once a fire is started, whatever your intentions when you lit it, it can be impossible to stop. I accept you did not mean to endanger life, but you took a significant risk.

“This was a premeditated act against a person against whom you had a grievance.”

A child can remain with its mother in prison up until the age of 18 months, and the Judge told her: “I intend to pass a sentence that means, while you will have to have your child in prison, you will not be in prison so long you will have to be parted from your child.”


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