Woman sentenced to life for the murder of Michael Redpath


Patricia Hindle, 31, from Swindon, was sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court to the murder of Michael Redpath, 62, from Wanborough who died after she set fire to his home on September, 10, 2014. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and will have to serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Following sentence, Bernadette Kearney, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex said: It is not clear what pushed Patricia Hindle to kill Michael Redpath, whom she had befriended. It would appear that an argument took place between them on the evening of 10 September 2014 as a result of which  she decided to set a fire downstairs in his home while he was upstairs in his bedroom, locking the front door behind her. Michael was unable to escape the fire.

"Michael was an alcoholic and, as a result, was very vulnerable and  was easily taken advantage of.  Patricia Hindle knew this.  After the fire was set, she calmly left Michael alone in the property locking the front door.  She went home and spoke to one of her neighbours telling him Ive killed him.Ive burnt him, I've set fire to his house.  When she left her neighbour she told him not to tell anyone.  From the window he saw her go into an alleyway.  He immediately called the police and Patricia Hindle was arrested. 

"The police later found Michael's house keys and his post office banking card in a drain in the alleyway.
"Patricia Hindle's actions have left Michael Redpaths mother and sister heartbroken. My thoughts are with them at this time."