Man jailed for revenge arson attack in Great Yarmouth which caused £47,000 of damage

Man jailed for revenge arson attack in Great Yarmouth which caused £47,000 of damage

A drunken man, who carried out a revenge arson attack on a home causing £47,000 worth of damage, has been jailed for three years.

Andrew Fearnley, 49, had an row in the pub with the man, so he went to his home in Rodney Road, Great Yarmouth, and deliberately started a fire in the living room of the semi-detached house, Norwich Crown Court heard.

The fire was confined to the room but caused smoke damage to the rest of the property.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said the victim was not insured for his belongings and lost £2,500 worth of his possessions. He also had to move out and find alternative accommodation.

He said the landlord, who fortunately was insured, also had to carry out repairs to the house and suffered a loss of income and put the cost of the fire at £47,000.

Fearnley of Drudge Road, Gorleston, admitted arson in January, this year.

The court heard that Fearnley had a previous conviction for arson in 1999 when he set fire to a flat following an argument with a friend causing £15,000 worth of damage.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Maureen Bacon told him: “When things don’t go your way you are someone who acts in a vengeful manner.”

She said the arson was similar to another attack he carried out 16 years ago.

“You have done this before and here you are doing it again.”

She accepted he had drug and alcohol issues in the past but said it was no excuse for his “vengeful” behaviour.”

Lori Tucker, for Fearnley, said he accepted it had been a revenge attack after he had argued with the victim in the pub and said that everyone had been drinking.

She said: “The fire itself was confined to the living room.”

Mrs Tucker said Fearnley had sought help for his drug and alcohol problems and was the main carer for this mother.

“He is making progress and continues to make progress.”

This article was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury.

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