• Bitter Kevin Fiore, 56, trashed home and wrote offensive messages on walls
  • Hacked sofa and dressing table in half, causing a total of 5,184 damage
  • Bankrupt builder given two-year supervision order instead of jail term

By Helen Lawson


A spurned husband exacted revenge on his former wife during divorce proceedings by sawing their furniture into pieces and labelling half of them as his.

Kevin Fiore, 56, caused 5,184 of damage to the 130,000 house in Werrington, Staffordshire, which he shared with wife Katrina.

The father-of-two, who had been married to the 39-year-old for three years after meeting 14 years ago, hacked the sofa in half and wrote 'Kev's half' on the cushions.

Spurned: Kevin Fiore reacted to his divorce with ex-wife Katrina Fiore, right, by ransacking their home

A wardrobe, dressing table and two sets of drawers faced the wrath of the jilted man, who also tore down the loft ladder, trashed the bathroom and scrawled offensive messages on the walls.

Fiore, a bankrupt builder who now lives with his daughter from another relationship, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and walked away from Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court with a two-year supervision order as the judge called his antics 'mean and unpleasant'.

Judge Mark Eades told him: 'This was a piece of revenge upon your ex-partner.

'It was mean and unpleasant but, at the end of the day, it was only property, and the value falls firmly in the magistrates’ court bracket.

'Therefore I’m going to be mindful of the magistrates’ court guidelines.'

The court heard how Mrs Fiore had walked out on her husband, with whom she has a son, in March last year.

Rampage: The family home of Fiore in Werrington, Staffordshire, which received 5,200 worth damage

Rampage: The Fiore family home in Werrington, Staffordshire, which received 5,200 worth damage

Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, said: 'On September 10 Mrs Fiore received a text message that said "There's nothing left, it's all trashed".

'As a result, Mrs Fiore went to the address and found various things had been damaged.'

Fiore sent an apologetic text to his wife the next day.

He was arrested and told police he had 'lost it' and that everything had gone wrong.

The court was told that Fiore had tried to sell the house but an estate agent said the garage, utility room and loft conversion would have to be demolished first because they were built without planning permission.

Colin Drew, defending, said his client was depressed and was being financially supported by his grown-up daughter.

He said: 'His total bankruptcy is approximately 62,000. He was a self-employed builder.

'He is out of work at the moment. He is signed off by his doctor because he has been suffering from depression.'

Mrs Fiores was not awarded compensation by the court because of her ex-husband's financial situation.

Close: Katrina Fiore, 39, at home with her and Kevin's 11-year-old son Brandon

Close: Katrina Fiore, 39, at home with her and Kevin's 11-year-old son Brandon

After the sentencing, Mrs Fiore, who met her ex-husband at age 16 when he was painting the solicitor’s office where she worked, revealed the moment she discovered her house had been ransacked.

She said: ‘I told him I wanted a divorce but he refused to accept it.

‘He texted me telling me he'd trashed the house and I went round there with our son and just cried when I saw what he'd done.

‘We had a lovely expensive cream leather sofa which he'd sawn in half and scrawled 'Kev's Half' in black marker on the cushions.

‘I just cried when I walked round the house. ‘I am shocked that the judge let him walk free.

‘He deserved to be jailed for what he did to me and my family, I can't stand to look at him now.

‘I want him out of my life for good but I have to see him in court to discuss access to our son.’

She also spoke about her ‘deeply unhappy’ marriage to the builder.

Mrs Fiore said: ‘We were together for 14 years but got married four years ago in July 2008. I decided to call it a day because we'd simply grown apart.

‘We had nothing in common anymore and I didn't enjoy his company. He didn't do anything wrong really but I just didn't want to be with him anymore.’

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He paid for the house she lived in and she thought It was all hers we wrong again then she uses her child To get back at Kevin got wot u deserved NOTHING

He didn't even break any law, yet got more than you get for burglary, assault and probably about the same as GBH.

Hahaha! Genius!

You CAN'T be prosecuted for destroying/damaging property which belongs to yourself or jointly owned by yourself in the UK! There is obviously more to this story than what is being reported!

That's not her home, unless she lives in a caravan.

Why as he been to court if he owns the stuff he can do what he likes surely

Not condoning actions at all, but I understand the frustration that can exist in this kind of situation. Unless you've been fleeced by a money grabbing, manipulative ex-wife/mother I don't think it's possible to fully appreciate this. Tough situations to deal with, huge pressure...grit your teeth, be brave, retain your dignity. To all good single dads out there - keep it up!

How can you be prosecuted for destroying your own property?

Reminded me of a friend who came home from work to find her husband had moved out after 30 years together without saying a word about it. Another woman of course. A month later he realised he had forgotten his extensive collection of collectable vinyl records. He rang and asked for them back so she broke every single one in half and posted exactly half back to him , Childish yes but it made her feel better !!!!!!

Most ov the women on here don't seem very happy To me well one to the boys

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