Woman jailed for arson with intent - Reading


A 42-year-old woman was today, Friday, 02 November 2012, jailed at Reading Crown Court for 6-years after admitting a charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

Michelle Bennett, of Gloucester Road, Reading, pleaded guilty to the offence on 25 September.

At 1.15am on 07 May 2012, police received a report from neighbours that Bennett was arguing with a man outside her house in Gloucester Road and was threatening to kill him.

She was later seen by neighbours trying to set fire to something in her back garden and was also heard to threaten to burn her house down.  She then called the emergency services and said she thought she had set something alight.

By the time the emergency services had arrived, the annexe to her house was on fire and a 38-year-old man, who was inside the annexe, was forced to jump from a first floor window to escape the flames. He was rushed to hospital suffering from serious burns and smoke inhalation.

The victim, who suffered 27% burns, has had to undergo a number of surgical procedures and has been left with permanent scarring and disfiguring injuries.