Man admitted carrying out arson at rented home in Llay


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A PENSIONER with a drink problem set fire to the carpet at his rented home with a cigarette lighter.

Albert Evans, who turns 70 this week, also threw a brick through a window.

A court heard on Saturday how he did it to scare his landlord, who he feared was trying to get rid of him without giving him proper notice.

Evans, not of no fixed abode but at the time living at Second Avenue in Llay, was remanded in custody pending sentence next month.

He admitted arson on June 3 and damage two days later.

At a special weekend sitting of Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold, Evans appeared from custody and admitted what he did.

Prosecutor Susan Duncombe said Evans lived in a house of multiple occupation. It was the prosecution case he set fire to a plastic bag which caused a fire, damaging the carpet and lino at the top of the stairs. Damage was valued at £300.

On June 5 the landlord was called to the property and saw Evans – alleged to be drunk – at the rear of it. There was a incident which there was no complaint for but then Evans was seen to throw a house brick through a window, causing £150 worth of damage.

Interviewed, he made full admissions but claimed he felt the landlord and other residents were harassing him. He started the fire as a warning, did not know if other residents were present and had no intention of endangering life.

Evans said he stamped out the fires. He admitted throwing the brick and confirmed he had a drink problem.

Steve Warburton, defending said there was no dispute about the facts, but his client’s case was he had started the two carpet fires directly with a cigarette lighter and not by setting fire to a plastic bag.

Evans’ previous convictions were mainly drink related.

He believed the landlord wanted to get him out of the house without proper notice.

As a result of the offences, he was now homeless and was unable to return.

Magistrates remanded him in custody pending sentence later this month, warning him all options including custody remained open.

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