Midweek Sport - - IN YOUR SIZZLING - By NEIL GOOD­WIN neil@sun­

A PUNTER was jailed yes­ter­day for start­ing a fire in a brothel af­ter of­fer­ing £3 for sex.

When the woman re­fused “tipsy” Jan Kop­er­dak, he swore at her and re­turned that night with fuel in a bot­tle – only to be caught on film by anti-vice cops.

Two women es­caped un­scathed from the ter­raced house in Derby af­ter flames were spot­ted one night in Au­gust.

Slo­vakian Kop­er­dak was jailed for seven years six months and was told by Judge Jonathan Gosling: “You had a petty ar­gu­ment and set out on a course of re­venge.

“Drunk as you were, you can be seen mak­ing sure at the crit­i­cal mo­ment no-one was around be­fore you pushed fuel through the front door.

“This is a crime you planned with some care.

“You did it un­der cover of dark­ness, you ob­tained a plas­tic bot­tle de­signed to fit in the let­ter­box.

“You filled it with some sort of in­flammable liq­uid. You in­serted a makeshift wick.

“You knew the house was oc­cu­pied and even if you didn’t, it was clear from the in­ter­nal lights. You in­tended to start a fire with them in­side.


“This was a ter­raced house and the risk of rapid es­ca­la­tion of the fire is ob­vi­ous.”

Kop­er­dak was found guilty of ar­son which reck­lessly en­dan­gered life.

James Horne, de­fend­ing, told Derby Crown Court that Kop­er­dak had never been in trou­ble be­fore.

“He is a fa­ther-of-two and there is lit­tle doubt he has sup­ported them over the years through be­ing a hard­work­ing man,” he said.

Kop­er­dak ad­mit­ted go­ing to pros­ti­tutes “two or three times a year” but said he had never called on the two women.

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