Fire thug caged for torching ex’s home
A lovelorn woman who torched her ex-girlfriend’s flat in revenge for dumping her has been caged for 16 months.
Lisa Gilmour, 33, was locked up after admitting setting fire to the home occupied by her ex- lover Kara Watt and her new man Peter Hughes.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard tracksuit-clad Gilmour, 33, dragged a shoe rack containing work boots and wellies from an adjacent flat, propped it up against the door, and set alight laces of the shoe wear causing the blaze to ignite in the stairwell.
Gilmour of Ness Avenue, Johnstone, pleaded to guilty to a charge of wilful fire-raising at the Linwood flat in that she had previously evinced malice and ill will towards her former partner Ms Watt.
She had deliberately set fire to footwear on a shoe rack which was placed against the front door where fire took effect, to the danger of the lives of Kara Watt and also Peter Hughes, both residing there on September 16.
Prosecutor Keri Marshall had told the court police had received a barrage of calls from motorists travelling on the A737 linking Linwood and Johnstone.
She said: “The calls related to a female wearing a pink tracksuit walking along the grass near to the road.
“Police resources were dispatched and traced the home address of the accused who was found to be wearing a pink track suit.
“A female identifying herself as Lisa Gilmour had contacted police and said she was heading to her ex- partner’s house to kill her and then was going to kill herself.
And when witness Mr Hughes was woken by the smoke alarm in their house at around 5am, he went to the front door and opened it and was met with flames at the door.
The prosecutor added: “He described it as a ‘wall of fire.’”
Defence agent Charlie McCusker said his client was distraught and suicidal after her partner dumped her for a man.
He said: “She contacted police to let them know she was going there.
“There is no dispute about what happened.
“When she got to the locus she was incoherent, upset and crying.
“She then seen travelling back along the dual carriageway at the side of the road.
“She was intoxicated. She had taken vodka and Valium.
“She had been in relationship with Ms Watt for about three years.
“Around six weeks before the incident, Ms Watt had met Mr Hughes and she indicated to the accused that she liked him.
“However there never was any indication of the relationship, but she suspected there was, and matters come to a head.”
The court heard Gilmour now fully accepts her relationship with Ms Watt is completely over.
Sheriff Frances McCartney, who had adjourned sentencing to call for background reports, said the only sentence appropriate given the gravity of the crime was one of detention.
She handed Gilmour, who has never served a period of imprisonment before, 16 months in jail which will be back dated from the time she was first held on remand.