Thursday, December 15, 2011

Graham Dearing who went on arson spree is spared jail after telling court the 'shock of getting married made me start fires' - 15th Dec 2011

A newlywed who went on an arson spree dodged a prison sentence after he told a court the 'culture shock' of getting married had driven him to it.

Graham Dearing, 56, set wheelie bins ablaze outside three properties in Hull, East Yorkshire, a month after tying the knot in August this year.

He claimed he was struggling to cope with his marriage after being a bachelor for so long.

Hull Crown Court heard that residents had to be evacuated from their homes after Dearing started a fire underneath the window of a flat - and two other infernos in the city centre.

Dearing handed himself in to the police at 6pm the next day, even though the force had not received any complaints.

He was charged with three counts of arson and later pleaded guilty to all three at Hull Crown Court. Read More