A man who threatened to send people to a police officer's home to burn it down has been spared jail.

Michael Kennedy, 43, of Heathway, Iver Heath, was given a four-month sentence suspended for a year after he admitted to making the threats.

At a hearing at Wycombe Magistrates' Court on April 27, Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to damage or destroy property.

The court heard how on September 19, 2020, in Maidenhead, Kennedy threatened a male police officer, telling him he would burn his house down and send people around to his home.

The prosecutor told the court that Kennedy was under the influence of alcohol when the made the threats.

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At the same hearing, Kennedy was also sentenced for charges of assault and racially aggravated harassment. The offender had already pleaded guilty to the latter but was found guilty of the assault charge by the magistrates.

Giving him a suspended sentence, the magistrates also ordered that Kennedy undertake an alcohol treatment requirement.

He was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to the police officer, £100 in compensation to the harassment victim and £250 to the assault victim.

He was also made to pay £450 in costs.