Alcoholic in revenge attack set fire to vehicle outside Truro police station
AN ALCOHOLIC used petrol to torch a police vehicle in a revenge attack – outside Truro police station.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Kelly Gibson, 28, admitted the attempted arson on March 26 and asked the judge to send her to jail.
Phillip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that in the early hours of the morning, police were called to reports of a vehicle being set alight in the car park of the police station off Trafalgar Roundabout.
Gibson had left the scene but police dogs were used to trace a green plastic petrol can, which had been dumped in a nearby pond and still contained some fuel.
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The fuel was found to have been bought by Gibson, of Trevenethick Road, Truro, at the Shell garage on the other side of the roundabout.
Mr Lee said: “CCTV footage revealed that this defendant attended the petrol station in the minutes proceeding the offence … she was also seen on CCTV with another and within minutes the vehicle and the ground next to it were alight.”
The firestarting was witnessed by some delivery drivers parked outside Domino’s Pizzas.
One driver went to get a fire extinguisher while the other went to alert police but the flames died away and the damage was smoke damage, which was able to be cleaned off.
Mr Lee said: “She was with another and that other had a motive, namely disappointment and anger about an unsuccessful complaint to police and it was therefore the friend’s idea.”
Mr Lee said there had not been enough evidence to identify the other defendant.
Gibson also admitted three shoplifting offences from Truro stores including taking nearly £500 worth of goods from British Homes Stores and Boots on June 13 and stealing a £50 bedspread from BHS on July 23.
Robin Smith, defending, said: “Effectively she is inviting the court to send her to prison.”
He said she candidly discussed her alcohol problem, which had worsened since the death of her sister, but did not use it as an excuse for her offending.
“She had always drunk too much and she says she had been an alcoholic for a long time,” said Mr Smith.
“One of the reasons she is quite keen to go to prison is that she want to defeat her alcohol dependency.”
Sentencing Gibson to 10 months in prison for the attempted arson and two months for the thefts, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “The serious aspect is that you targeted the police.”