Groom jailed for wedding hotel arson


A groom who set fire to the Cheshire hotel where his wedding reception was being held has been jailed for six years.

Max Kay, 36, of Liverpool, pleaded guilty to arson that was reckless as to whether life was endangered in Chester Crown Court  after setting a fire in the Peckforton Castle Hotel in June 2011.

The prosecution said that Kay had argued with hotel staff over payment of the £30,000 wedding bill.

About 100 firefighters tackled the blaze and almost 120 people, including 13 children, were evacuated when the fire broke out in the early hours.

Prosecutors told the court that Kay and his wife had rowed with staff and the owners of the hotel over late payment to the venue and about a bar bill.

Kay was seen on CCTV going into and coming out of the drawing room, which was set up for the following day's wedding. The blaze had started in the drawing room after Kay had set fire to the curtains.

He was sentenced to six years imprisonment at Chester Crown Court.


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