8 Nov 2013 14:39
"Shockingly stupid" arsonist who killed paedophile [sic] by setting fire to his flat jailed for 10 years
"The victim had five convictions for gross indecency and indecent assault in the 1980s and 1990s against boys aged between 14 and 17.
A man who admitted killing a convicted sex offender in a flat fire has been jailed for 10 years.
Daniel Martin, 25, set fire to a wheelie bin and pushed it up against the front door of AH's flat in Worcester in the early hours of December 14, 2011, sparking a rapidly spreading and ferocious blaze in which the 52-year-old was killed.
Sentencing Martin for manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court, Mrs Justice Thirlwall said the crime was "shockingly stupid" (NS Sherlock].
She said he had intended "to do something so frightening, it would cause him (H) to move away from the area where he had lived since 2001".
"You say you threw stones at his window to try and wake him and say you saw a light come on," she added.
"Whatever you did, it was too little too late.
"You say your intention was only to frighten the victim and the prosecution accept you did not intend to kill or attempt to cause really serious harm."
She added she was "not satisfied" Martin was a danger to the public [really, wiggy?], but he "was a liar and thoroughly anti-social", with a lamentable record of previous convictions, albeit not for similar offences."
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