A MAN trashed flowers outside a funeral home and threatened its director after he mistakenly believed he was being accused of a crime.
Toni Steadman told Golcar-based funeral director Jennie Coxon that he would burn down the home after he misheard a comment about her car.
He then returned to the business and wrecked the flower displays outside.
Kirklees magistrates were told that Steadman blamed his drinking on his “disrespectful” behaviour.
The 26-year-old admitted threatening behaviour and criminal damage when he appeared in court yesterday.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that the first incident at Golcar Independent Funeral Directors happened on August 3.
Ms Coxon was outside the Leymoor Road business and made a comment to one of her colleagues that there was a problem with one of the cars.
At the time Steadman, of Meltham Road in Netherton, was passing and believed that Ms Coxon was accusing him of tampering with the vehicle.
Mr Bozman said: “Mr Steadman misunderstood and thought the comment was aimed at him.
“He started ranting and making threats. He said: ‘I’m going to torch this place and terrorise you’.
“He said that he knew where she lived and that she would regret what she said to him.”
Magistrates were told that Steadman later returned to cause damage.
They heard that he was witnessed walking backwards and forwards before damaging the flowers and pots in front of the home.
He caused an estimated £250 worth of damage, the Huddersfield bench heard.
Steadman admitted the offence in interview, claiming that Ms Coxon had wound him up.
He was last in court earlier this month for burglary, for which he received a community order with an alcohol treatment order.
Neil Murphy, mitigating, said that his client was in a state of intoxication when he misunderstood the comment made by Ms Coxon.
He said that Steadman then lost his temper after the funeral director swore at him and told him to go away.
Mr Murphy said: “He completely lost control and made wholly inappropriate comments outside a funeral home.
“Mr Steadman accepts that going back to the premises, pulling out the petunias and throwing them around was disrespectful behaviour.
“It was insensitive behaviour, on his part prompted by alcohol.”
Magistrates gave Steadman a new community order, with a curfew to run for 28 days.
They also ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the funeral home.