South Yorkshire arsonist set fire to inside of property

An arsonist who set fire to the interior fittings in a property is to receive hospital care for mental health issues.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 12:10 pm

Sheffield Crown Court heard on September 30 how Colin Kirk, aged 48, of Doe Quarry Place, Dinnington, Rotherham, admitted arson as to being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

Kirk set fire to the interior fittings of the Guiness Housing Association property on June 8, according to the court.

Matthew Burdon, defending, said the case was previously adjourned for psychiatric reports to be considered.

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Sheffield Crown Court heard how an arsonist with mental health issues is to receive hospital care.

Mr Burdon added psychiatric reports indicated Kirk is suffering from a mental disorder and in this case an interim hospital order would be appropriate and a bed is available.

Mr Burdon requested the case be brought back for consideration in October.

Judge Peter Kelson QC agreed to make an interim Section 38 hospital order as recommended until October 27 when the matter will be reviewed.

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