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    Jealous husband torched wife's 15,000 designer clothes collection

    Jealous husband torched wife's 15,000 designer clothes collection after accusing her of having an affair... because she was sending 'quite a lot' of text messages
    Andrew Levy
    5 September 2012
    • Suspicious husband convicted of arson after dousing wife's designer wardrobe in petrol and setting it ablaze
    • Sat on a bench and watched as 15,000 worth of clothes went up in flames
    • Thai-born Sutheera Ashley-Mead insists: 'There was no affair.'
    The saying goes that revenge is a dish best served cold.

    Millionaire Anthony Mead, however, opted for the opposite when he suspected his wife was having an affair.

    The businessman gathered up her favourite designer dresses and tops worth 15,000 from her wardrobe, dumped them outside and doused them with petrol.


    Up in smoke: Sutheera Ashley-Mead had her clothes piled up and set on fire

    Then, as their three children looked on, he set the clothes alight before sitting on a bench at their 945,000 home to watch as they burned to ash.

    Mead and his Thai-born wife, Sutheera Ashley-Mead, 50, have since separated and are heading for divorce after seven years of marriage.


    Suspicious: Anthony Mead sat on a bench and watched his wife's clothes burn

    He also ended up in court, where he admitted arson at the house in Peldon, Essex, and was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence. Yesterday, the nightclub owner was unavailable for comment.

    But a friend, who declined to be named, suggested he had no regrets, saying: ‘All in all, he thinks it was worth it.’

    Mead’s relationship collapsed when he discovered his wife’s infidelity, magistrates were told.

    Paul Torn, defending, said: ‘The family had a day out and during the day, Mrs Ashley-Mead had been on her phone texting quite a lot.

    ‘It raised suspicion. It appeared there was another person in the relationship.’

    Describing the bonfire on July 18, he added: ‘Mr Mead saw the petrol canister, which had been left by a bench, and it demonstrates how very hurt he was that he did what he did.

    ‘He had been under a great amount of distress.’

    When Mrs Ashley-Mead discovered what had happened, she called police and her husband was arrested.

    Yesterday, she denied having an affair when she answered the intercom of the couple’s gated two-acre estate, which is now on the market.

    ‘People can believe what they want to believe,’ insisted Mrs Ashley-Mead.

    ‘He saw some texts and he assumed that is what it was but there was no affair.’

    She added that the destruction of her clothes was ‘a bit of a blur now’ and confirmed her husband had moved out. He is now living at his club, Robert’s, in Colchester.

    ‘We did have a lovely life together,’ she said.

    ‘He drives round in a Ferrari worth 200,000 and we have three children.

    ‘I am being strong for the children but there is no way we are getting back together. It’s going to be a divorce.’


    Sutheera Ashley-Mead's wardrobe went up in smoke outside the couple's Essex home




    The nightclub boss exacted revenge after becoming suspicious about his wife's constant texting


    An estate agent is handling the sale of the former marital home.

    It is a modern five-bedroom property with views of the River Colne, an outdoor swimming pool and water feature with a bridge in the garden.

    Despite the separation, magistrates were told that Mrs Ashley-Mead did not want her husband to be punished and she had not sought any compensation from him.

    But District Judge John Woollard said it was right the prosecution had gone ahead because the arson happened in front of the couple’s children and had been reported to police.

    He ordered Mead to pay 85 costs but did not make a compensation order.

    Essex Police spokesman said: ‘We were called by the wife at 6.45am on July 18. The husband was arrested later that day.’

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    What a waste of tax payers money.

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    seems you can not have a bonfire these days.

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    jesus, what a fucked up place, can't even have a small fire in your garden,

    12 month jail time suspended sentence ? and we think Thailand is fucked up with the judicial system

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    How is it Arson?
    FFS what a shit country.

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    Vindictive bitch.

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    ^^ I think it was because the fire destroyed items that were personal to her (unless he was a cross-dresser). If one sets fire to ones own property and there is no danger to life or adjoining properties then in general terms no offence has been committed.

    In this case he didn't act lawfully as his wife contacted the police to make a complaint.

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    she looks like a minger and her face looks familiar,

    definitely an old freelance,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick View Post
    ^^ I think it was because the fire destroyed items that were personal to her (unless he was a cross-dresser). If one sets fire to ones own property and there is no danger to life then in general terms no offence has been committed.

    In this case he didn't act lawfully as his wife contacted the police to make a complaint.
    So if he just pissed on them or cut them up with scissors it would have been willfull or malicious damage. A lot less of boondoggle than Arson to have on your record.
    It would seem under the act that if I stole a smoke from you and smoked it, I would be guilty of arson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    she looks like a minger and her face looks familiar,

    definitely an old freelance,
    Think I saw her on soi 6 a while back..?

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    I knew a guy who was screwing around on his wife while he was on a temporary assignment to Thailand. His American wife, who was in Virginia when she got the text/video, took all of his suits, clothes, personal items, books, stereo, cameras - everything that would fit - drove his vintage 1959 Cadillac convertible onto the front lawn, loaded all of his stuff in it, and poured gasoline all over the place and torched the lot. Welcome home, honey......

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    "She" has Katoey-like look about "her".

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    She's 50. That's what age does. And they have 3 kids

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    "She" has Katoey-like look about "her".
    she does, doesn't she ?

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    I also would have guessed that to be a katoey from that photo.

    Calling the cops and having him charged seems amazing though. Just shows that the dollar value of those clothes was the value of her marriage in her mind. Once he started destroying her 'stuff' it had to go through legal channels, no discussion or negotiation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    "She" has Katoey-like look about "her".
    she does, doesn't she ?

    yeaah, it is amazing what new science can do, a katoey with three kids, that wouldn't have been possible last year

    incidentally, how old is he, not mentioned for some reason

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    ^ DrA, we said she looks like an old katoy, like you do, not that she was a Katoy

    reading comprehension again ?

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    50 years old, 7 years of marriage, 3 kids. Seems unlikely the kids would be from this marriage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    she looks like a minger and her face looks familiar, definitely an old freelance,
    Think ive seen her whilst perusing asian milf.com

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