Woman pleads guilty to Arson


Nicola King, 22, pleaded guilty to arson today at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court after she set fire with another to bedding belonging to a homeless person on April, 9, 2017 in Portsmouth town centre.

Jerely Evans, 25 pleaded guilty to arson and criminal damage and served a four month sentence of imprisonment for the offences. Nicola King will be sentenced on October, 27, at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court.

Following the guilty plea, Richard Withey, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The victim was approached by both defendants who were initially nice to him. They then hurled abused at him and took his mobile phone. Having made him feel uncomfortable, the victim then left. CCTV recorded Nicola King urinating on the victim’s bedding. She then provided a lighter to Jerely Evans so that she could set fire to the bedding, destroying the few possessions that he had.

"The defendants soiled and destroyed the only possessions that the homeless man had, leaving him without any bedding or a blanket. The court heard the statement of the victim who stated after the incident that he was gutted and could not believe that all his possessions had gone.

"By securing a plea of guilty we have brought justice for the victim in this case."

Nicola King will now be sentenced on October, 27, at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court.