Woman admits Hertford house arson


A judge told a woman who admitted setting fire to a terraced house in Hertford that all sentencing options will be considered.

Sarah Sampford, 29, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless whether property was damaged when she appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, 13 February 2012.

Sally Mealing-McLeod, a Crown Advocate for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) accepted her plea of not guilty to a more serious charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

The fire was started at 13 Hawthorn Close in Hertford, which belongs to Riversmead Housing Association, on 10 November last year.  Neighbours were evacuated when the blaze started.

Defence barrister, Alex Rose asked for the case to be adjourned for psychiatric and pre -entence reports.

Judge John Plumstead agreed and granted Sampford bail to live at her father's home in Cundalls Road, Ware. He told her granting bail had no affect on the sentence that will be passed and that all options will be considered.

Sentence is due on Friday, 30 March 2012.

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