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Man pays for arson threat

Wednesday, 20th March, 2013

A man who threatened to burn down the White House Convention Centre after his dog was impounded has been placed on a good behaviour bond. A man who threatened to burn down the White House Convention Centre after his dog was impounded has been placed on a good behaviour bond.

A man who threatened to burn down the White House Convention Centre after his dog was impounded has been placed on a good behaviour bond.

Adam William Chaplain, 22, phoned the BH Veterinary Clinic on May 24 last year to find out if his dog, which he had owned since a pup, had been seized.

Veterinarian Guillaume Tabuteau told Chaplain that if the dog was there he would have to pay microchipping and registration fees before it would be released, according to police.

Chaplain said he would not be paying anything and threatened to burn down the White House Convention Centre which Mr Tabuteau owns.

Chaplain, who later that day attended the clinic where he gave Mr Tabuteau a false name before leaving, was arrested by police after they viewed the clinic's CCTV footage.

He was charged with using a carriage service to menace/harass/ offend and two counts of stalking/ intimidation.

Yesterday, his lawyer, Paul Walton, said Chaplain was diagnosed with ADHD and a chromosome disorder when he was five and that he stopped taking medication when he was no longer eligible for a subsidy.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy placed Chaplain on an 18-month good behaviour bond for both offences after taking into account his "significant intellectual disability" and guilty pleas.

He also sentenced him to perform 200 hours of community service for attempting to break into a neighbour's house in Wilson Street in April last year.

According to police, a woman confronted Chaplain after seeing him trying to open a front window before leaving the yard with a child's pushbike.

Chaplain was also fined $320, plus court costs, and placed on a 14- month good behaviour bond.

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