Hayle man in arson charge ordered to carry out unpaid work
A HAYLE man who set fire to a kitchen cabinet at The Bluff Inn causing £275 damage has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.
Daniel Horner, 22, of The Pathway Fields, pleaded guilty to arson when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on Monday.
Edward Bailey, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that Horner had been working as a team leader at the venue at Riviere Sands Holiday Park, Phillack when the incident happened on the night of an end-of-season staff party on November 4, last year.
Mr Bailey said that after the party, in the early hours of November 5, a group of people went to a flat above the bar where other staff members lived but that when the defendant went upstairs he appeared to have had an argument with his girlfriend and was in an angry mood.
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“He disappeared towards the kitchen where he was heard banging around,” said Mr Bailey.
He added that when one of the party goers went to investigate he had to put out a fire that the defendant had started.
Terry Eastwood, for the defence, said Horner had a number of previous convictions which were all related to drinking and that after the fire he had seen the reason behind his offending and had not drunk any alcohol since New Year’s Eve.
Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said arson was always regarded as a serious offence.
He said: “It was fortunate in this instance that the fire did not get out of hand but you know as well as I do that it could so easily have got out of hand.
“You were drunk, you had an argument with your girlfriend and you were clearly upset but that is no excuse for what you did.”
Horner was given a six month jail term suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and to pay £270 compensation to Bourne Leisure, the company that owns The Bluff Inn.