‘Dan­ger­ous’ ar­son­ist jailed for at­tacks

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A ‘dan­ger­ous’ man who set fire to a Peter­bor­ough house as part of a num­ber of at­tacks against a man and woman has been jailed for five years. Be­tween 11 and 14 Au­gust last year, Michael Hall, (28), broke into a prop­erty, oc­cu­pied by the fe­male vic­tim, in Brick­enden Road, Peter­bor­ough and stole a num­ber of items of lit­tle mon­e­tary value. He went on to send mes­sages to the male vic­tim via Face­book on 21 Au­gust threat­en­ing to harm him, his fam­ily and prop­erty.

In the early hours of 30 Au­gust he then set light to card­board and posted it through the door of the man’s home in Dogsthorpe Road, as well as a garage be­long­ing to the vic­tim in Towler Street caus­ing hun­dreds of pounds worth of dam­age.

Hall of no fixed abode, was found guilty of ar­son with in­tent to en­dan­ger life, ar­son, bur­glary, threat­ing to dam­age prop­erty and crim­i­nal dam­age at Cam­bridge Crown Court last week.

Po­lice said he was ‘dan­ger­ous’ and had shown no re­morse.

He was sen­tenced to five years in prison and two years on li­cence for ar­son with in­tent to en­dan­ger life. He re­ceived three years for ar­son, 18 months for threat­en­ing to com­mit crim­i­nal dam­age and two months for crim­i­nal dam­age.

He also re­ceived six months for theft which he had pleaded guilty to. All of the sen­tences are to be served con­cur­rently. Hall was also given a re­strain­ing or­der not to con­tact his vic­tims. De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble John Bim­son wel­comed the sen­tence handed out at court. He said: “Hall is a dan­ger­ous of­fender who showed no re­morse to­wards his vic­tims or through­out the trial.”

Michael Hall

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