Pair admit starting Cycle King fire in Bury St Edmunds
Two men have admitted starting a fire at a bike shop in Bury St Edmunds, that caused a reported £1.6million worth of damage.
The fire on September 29, 2017, destroyed Cycle King on Angel Hill, and damaged the adjoining One Bull pub and Francela restaurant.
Dysney Sibbons, 23, of Elmsett Close, Stowmarket, and Ashley Finley, 25, of Borley Crescent, Elmswell, were both charged with arson.
Today (Monday, May 20) they both pleaded 'guilty but reckless'.
Their pleas in a hearing in Ipswich Crown Court was a departure from their previous 'not guilty' pleas, which they submitted in September. They will be sentenced next month.
The court heard Finley had been employed at Cycle King for three and a half years. It is understood Sibbons had also worked there.
Judge David Pugh said: "I am satisfied it was an act of sheer stupidity. They were planning to amuse themselves to alleviate what they appear to have found a boring day by cremating a mouse."
Both men have been placed on the 'warned list' for the week of June 24 and have been bailed until then.
The Judge said he would not envisage' a custodial sentence, even though the starting point for the category of damage would be nine months custody.
Stephen Dyble, representing Finley, said: "I cannot imagine either young man could have imagined the catastrophic consequences that occured."
The blaze was tackled by 12 fire crews and took 60 firefighters seven hours to bring under control.
It had previously been anticipated the men would be tried over three days.