Arsonists sentence upheld
AN obsessed man who tried to torch his ex-lover s home after refusing to admit their relationship was over has had his potentially life-long sentence upheld by top judges. Paul Kendall, of Torquay Crescent, Stevenage, received an indefinite jail sentence
AN obsessed man who tried to torch his ex-lover's home after refusing to admit their relationship was over has had his potentially life-long sentence upheld by top judges.
Paul Kendall, of Torquay Crescent, Stevenage, received an indefinite jail sentence - termed "imprisonment for the public protection" (IPP) - after admitting attempted arson being reckless whether life was endangered.
The 41-year-old, who had drunk himself into "oblivion" when he committed the crime, had his sentence upheld last Thursday at London's Criminal Appeal Court by Judge Gordon who described it as a "wholly proper sentence".
Kendall's intended victim was his ex-girlfriend Alison Dady, whom he had repeatedly hounded and harassed after she broke up with him in May last year.
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He was already subject to a court restriction order for earlier offences of harassment when he attempted the arson, said Judge Gordon, adding that Kendall clearly "found it difficult" to accept their relationship was over.
The restriction order barred Kendall from contacting Ms Dady directly or indirectly, or from straying near her home in Stevenage.
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The attempted arson occurred as she was at home one evening, suddenly discovering that jets of lighter fuel were being squirted in through her letterbox by her obsessed pursuer.
Kendall was arrested when he returned to the scene half an hour later.
The sentencing judge said it was only "pure chance" that prevented a substantial fire breaking out.
Judge Gordon - sitting with Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Keith - dismissed Kendall's sentence appeal.