Man set fire to a cabinet at party
A HAYLE man who set fire to a kitchen cabinet that cost £275 to repair has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.
At Truro Crown Court, Daniel Horner, 22, of The Pathway Fields, admitted arson.
Edward Bailey, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Horner worked as a team leader at The Bluff Inn at Riviere Sands Holiday Park, Phillack, where a group went to a flat above the bar after an end-of-season staff party on November 4.
The defendant appeared to have argued with his girlfriend and was angry.
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"He disappeared towards the kitchen where he was heard banging around," said Mr Bailey.
A partygoer investigated and had to put out a fire the defendant had started.
Terry Eastwood, for Horner, said he had previous convictions relating to drinking but had not drunk any alcohol since New Year's Eve.
Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said arson was always 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 of unpaid work and to pay £270 compensation to Bourne Leisure, the company that owns The Bluff Inn.