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Arsonist set fire to shed over noise dispute
8:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
AN arsonist set fire to a Runcorn neighbour’s shed because of an ongoing dispute over loud music.
Scott Jerram, aged 19, waited for his neighbours on Neptune Avenue to go out, broke into the shed and set it alight using a match on January 13.
The court heard how Jerram called the fire brigade but the shed was burnt to the ground and the fire had spread to decking in the garden.
Gareth Roberts, prosecuting, said: “The fire stopped before reaching the house, but smoke damage in the bathroom shows it would have spread.”
The victims had complained to the police on several occasions about loud noise and music coming from Jerram’s flat where he was living in sheltered accommodation.
Jerram was given a hospital order at Warrington Crown Court on August 22 after two psychological reports were produced.
Judge David Hale said when sentencing Jerram: “This means that you will go back to hospital and I suspect you will be there for quite some considerable time.
"Take their advice and never set fire to anything again.”
Jerram pleaded guilty to arson and has several previous convictions, including setting fire to wheelie bins and to a golf course.
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