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Recovering addict avoids jail after arson threat
4:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A RECOVERING drug addict who threatened to kill a shop owner and burn his property down has avoided jail.
Natasha Kean let out a sigh of relief when she was sentenced to a 12 month community order at Southampton Crown Court yesterday.
Kean, 23, of Denzil Avenue, Southampton, admitted three counts of threatening to kill.
The court heard how she entered the shop in Bridge Road Southampton on July 7 and approached the owner shouting "I'll kill you and set fire to your shop” and calling him a racist name.
She also threatened to get a knife and stab a woman there.
Prosecutor Adam Feest said: "They all feared for their safety and thought she would follow through with the threats."
But Andrew Houston, for Kean, pleaded for clemency pointing out she had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
Judge Gary Burrell stressed the offence normally resulted in a jail term but decided to suspend the order for 12 months and impose six month drug rehabilitation order.
Warning she faced jail if it was breached he said: “You need to get your drug addiction under control.
“You’ve got this chance to get your life sorted and if you don’t take up this situation you are going to be in real trouble and spend increasing amounts of time in jail.”
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