Arson sentence adjourned as psychiatrists disagree

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SENTENCING of a woman who started two fires in a bedroom where her partner was asleep has been adjourned again to allow time for a third psychiatrist to examine her.

Beverley Ann Payne, 35, of Green Lane in Shotton, was depressed and had drunk vodka at the time of the arson, Mold Crown Court was told.

Payne was due to be sentenced at Mold Crown Court but Judge Niclas Parry was told there was a conflict between two psychiatrists who had prepared reports on her.

One said a hospital order was appropriate but a second said it was not.

Judge Parry agreed to adjourn the case for a report from the Scott Clinic where Payne would be examined by a forensic consultant psychiatrist.

The judge said Payne had previously stabbed the same boyfriend and the issue of danger would also have to be addressed.

She had earlier admitted a charge of arson, being reckless as to whether life would be endangered, following a fire at her home on November 9 last year.

The court heard two seats had been set on fire in the bedroom where her partner was asleep in bed.

It was a semi-detached house and three children were next door.

The arson had been committed against a background of a depressive illness and Payne had drunk half a bottle of vodka.

Judge Parry said it was clear Payne would receive a custodial sentence or a hospital order, depending on the psychiatric reports.

The case would be adjourned for a third report to clarify whether or not she had a treatable condition.

Debra White, defending, said her client had a psychiatric history, had previously been an in-patient and had also previously been diagnosed as having a personality disorder.

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