Man with fire fascination caused £26k damage to vehicles

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant library.

Nicholas Smith was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court

A 21-year-old man with a fascination with fire who caused £26,000 worth of damage after setting fire to to a van and a car has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Nicholas Smith, of Creeting Road East, Stowupland, caused £23,000 damage to a Nissan van which was destroyed in the fire and two days later he set fire to a Renault Clio, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Damage valued at £1,000 was also caused to fascias and guttering at a property in Creeting Road East, Stowupland, close to where the Nissan van was parked.

Smith pleaded guilty to three charges of arson which were committed between February 26 and March 3 last year.

He was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and a six-month curfew between 6pm and 6am.

He was also given a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Sentencing him, Judge Emma Peters said Smith hadn’t been receiving the correct medication at the time of the offences.

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The court heard that Smith had underlying mental health issues and a number of other issues. 

James Nash for Smith, said his client had a fascination with fire and his medication had been changed shortly before the offences.