Suspended jail term for Woodhall Spa car arsonist

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A drainage engineer who carried out an arson attack in the early hours has been given a suspended jail sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.

Kieron Major turned up at a house in Woodhall Spa at 4.30am and set fire to a car parked in the driveway.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the intended target of the arson, Matt Shepherd, was woken by a commotion outside his home and looked out of the window to see two men running down the street.

He then saw smoke and flames coming from his car.

Mr Shepherd woke his mother to warn her of the danger and then chased after the men.There was subsequently a confrontation in which Major admitted he set fire to the exhaust of the car.

Mr Scott said “The car was completely destroyed by the fire.”

Mr Shepherd was paid out by his insurance company but had to pay a £150 excess fee. The court heard that the incident was sparked by a text message seen by Major which referred to Mr Shepherd.

Major, 25, of Blackwell Row, Roughton Road, Kirkby on Bain, admitted arson as a result of the incident on June 20. He was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months with 12 months supervision.

Major was also given a six month night time curfew, 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Shepherd.

Judge John Pini QC imposed a five year restraining order banning Major from contacting his victim and from visiting his home and work place.

The Judge told Major “This is your last chance. You have to learn to control your drinking. You have come perilously close to going inside.”

David Eager, defending, said Major should be given credit for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“He is a hard working man. At the weekends he relaxes with his friends and has copious amounts of alcohol.

“In his own words this has got to stop.”