Arsonist spared jail after torching own home

13:44 24 April 2012

The judge ordered mental health supervision.

The judge ordered mental health supervision.

Archant

A WOMAN was spared a prison sentence yesterday for setting fire to her own home in Stevenage.

Kate Buggins, 46, who pleaded guilty to arson at her former three-bedroom house in Canterbury Way, was told she must serve a community order with 18 months supervision by mental health experts by a judge at Cambridge Crown Court.

The fire, which started at around 10am on April 22 last year, badly damaged the end of terrace house and forced the evacuation of neighbours. No-one was in the house when fire crews arrived.

Herts Fire Service investigators said the fire was deliberately started when paper was lit in the lounge area of the house.

More news stories

A prospective sketch of what North Hertfordshire Memorial Park would look like.

The developers behind a proposal to build a crematorium and memorial park near Hitchin believe the scheme would provide a much-needed burial and remembrance service for people living in North Hertfordshire.

05:30
Thunderstorm over Letchworth in the early hours of Saturday, July 4, 2015

If you were shaken awake as the heavens roared in the early hours of this morning, you weren’t alone.

15:03
Neil Trebble, Andy Medlock, Keith Stewart, Steve Watkins and Stephen Hibberd, outside The Lamex Stadium where they will set off for the start of the cycle ride to Amsterdam

A hardy band of long-distance charity champs who are still sporting blisters after cycling from Stevenage to Holland are already busy planning next year’s trip and urging anyone interested to get in touch.

14:00
Emma Thorne jewellery workshops, Hitchin

A jewellery designer is showing her metal as she builds a business teaching people how to work with silver to produce their own unique pieces.

”North

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition today E-edition