|Anthony Mead and his wife|
A man that suspected that his wife was cheating decided to take out his anger on her clothing.
Millionaire Anthony Mead, 58, poured gasoline on his wife’s expensive designer clothing as he and his children watched it burn to ashes.
Mead became enraged after a family day in which Ashley Sutheera-Mead, 50, was preoccupied sending text messages. Convinced that she was in contact with a lover, he asked his wife of seven years to leave his home in Mersea Island, Essex.
Ms. Ashley-Mead refused, prompting Mead to raid the bedroom and grab a stash of her designer clothing before pouring gasoline on them. The couple's three children saw as Mead set the clothing on fire and sat on a bench to see them burn. He remained there until the police came to arrest him.
The fire caused about $22,500 in damages and Mead, who owns Roberts nightclub in Colchester, pled guilty to arson.
Paul Torn, an attorney for Mead told the court that his client had been under pressure. He said: "The family had a day and during the day Ms. Ashley had been sending text messages on her phone a lot. Suspicions were raised. It seemed that there was another person in the relationship. "Mr. Mead saw the can of gasoline that had been left by a bench that demonstrates how hurt he was that he did what he did. He had been under a lot of stress."
The couple has been separated since the incident, but the court was told yesterday that Ms Ashley-Mead did not want her husband punished. Speaking at the family, she denied having an affair. She said: "People can believe what they want to believe. He saw some texts and assumed that's what it was, but it wasn’t."
She said her husband had moved out from the family home in the Colne Estuary.