Hamil­ton ‘mys­ti­fied’ by her ac­tions

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DE­FENCE bar­ris­ter Rachel Cooper said Donna Hamil­ton is afraid of fire and ‘con­fused and mys­ti­fied as to why she acted in the way she did’.

The court heard that the de­fen­dant also ‘ex­presses re­morse and her very deep-seated re­lief that no­body was hurt’.

Miss Cooper said: “Al­co­hol has been a big prob­lem for her. The very sud­den loss of her son led to a down­ward spi­ral in her be­hav­iour.

“When she suf­fers from emo­tional prob­lems she of­ten re­treats to al­co­hol which leads to very neg­a­tive con­se­quences.

“She wants a quiet, nor­mal and or­di­nary life with her part­ner and par­ents.

“This has been a shock to her and a salu­tary les­son.

“She is very mo­ti­vated to re­ceive sup­port from the pro­ba­tion ser­vice. She wants to get her life back.”

Judge Jonathan Gib­son said there was a ‘very clear po­ten­tial for se­ri­ous fire’ and a ‘clear risk of se­ri­ous harm’. How­ever he told the court that ‘pub­lic pro­tec­tion is bet­ter served’ by Hamil­ton re­ceiv­ing help in the com­mu­nity.

He or­dered the de­fen­dant to re­turn to court on May 11 to re­view her ab­sti­nence from al­co­hol and com­pli­ance with the sus­pended sen­tence or­der.

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