Hamilton ‘mystified’ by her actions
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.