Man jailed after woman nearly dies in arson attack at Doncaster home

A Doncaster man who left a woman with over 60 per cent burns to her body following a horrific arson attack on a family’s home has been jailed for four years.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 7:40 am

Connor O’Rourke, 23, was seen pouring fuel over the front garden and bins of a property in Ratten Row, Wadworth, in June last year before making the area go up in flames with a lighter.

The blaze quickly travelled towards the house – with a family still inside.

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Connor O'Rourke
Connor O'Rourke

A 40-year-old woman, who was inside the property at the time, was badly burned. With over 60 per cent burns to her body she was not initially expected to survive

A 20-year-old woman who saw him light the fire suffered burns to her legs that required hospital treatment.Three other people in the house were luckily able to escape uninjured.

Detective Inspector Lee Townley, from Doncaster CID, said “The devastation this incident has caused is huge - a family has been left traumatised, and for them I am pleased with the sentence handed to O’Rourke today. He now has a significant period in prison to consider the implications of his actions, and the harm he has caused.”

Doncaster Crown Court heard that earlier the same evening, on June 26, there had been a disagreement between O’Rourke and a resident of the property which led to him lighting the fire.

Emergency services were called to reports of the fire at 9.50pm.

O’Rourke, of Beechfield Road, was found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered at an earlier trial and appeared in court yesterday (5 March) to be sentenced.

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