Thurston woman jailed for setting fire to her own home

Kelly Anderson, 27, from Thurston, has been sentenced to three years in prison ANL-151214-150526001
Kelly Anderson, 27, from Thurston, has been sentenced to three years in prison ANL-151214-150526001

A woman who set fire to her home in Thurston has been jailed for three years.

Kelly Anderson caused more than £8,000 worth of damage to the semi detached bungalow in Royston Drive on July 13.

On Friday, Ipswich Crown Court heard how Anderson, 27, who had been drinking, was seen sitting on a window sill attempting to self-harm with a piece of glass as smoke came from inside the property.

Anderson had said: “I just set fire to it. I want to die”, prosecutor Michael Crimp told the court.

Subsequently, Anderson had assaulted Pc Alison Huntley who attended the scene, said Mr Crimp.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze which Anderson had started and prevented it spreading to the adjoining bungalow.

Appearing for Anderson, Ian James said his client, who had been in custody since the incident, had made good use of her time and had said she was anxious to change her life.

Judge John Devaux said two psychiatric reports had been prepared on Anderson, neither of which recommended that she needed to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

In a letter to the court, Anderson had also urged the judge to impose a prison sentence instead of any other kind of order.

Judge Devaux said that despite the fire, Anderson’s neighbours who were in poor health, did not have to be evacuated.

Anderson pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether the lives of occupants of a neighbouring property would be endangered and also assault by beating.