News: Landlord told to pay £12,000 compensation after burning tenants belongings

Thu, 09 Aug 18

A landlord who burnt his tenant’s possessions has been ordered to pay £12,000 compensation.

Buy-to-let investor Tyrone Holmes, of Kensington Grove in Box Lane, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at Mold Crown Court.

Holmes, aged 52, hired men to clear the flat that his tenant was renting, including household furniture, clothing and electrical items, estimated to be collectively worth more than £16,000.

The tenant, Lydia Russell, who had occupied the property for six months, was shocked when she returned home at the flat in Green Road, Brymbo, LL11, to find her belongings gone.

The tenant, whose rent had fallen into arrears, then received a text from her landlord stating that her belongings had been removed from the flat.

The jury at Mold Crown Court was told that Holmes instructed workmen to remove possessions from the property.

When Russell’s sister went to confront the landlord at his house, she discovered what she described as “three big lads” standing outside near a white van and a flatbed truck.

The sister also witnessed two men burning items in the back garden which appeared to have been removed from the rented property.

Prosecuting barrister Brett Williamson said: “Some of her property was dumped on the pavement outside and some of it was taken away.

“As a result criminal damage was caused and she [the tenant] never saw some of her possessions again.”

Judge Niclas Parry ordered the landlord to pay the compensation by 31 October.

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