Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Hadleigh: Man who started fire that destroyed two VW Golfs worth £40k escapes jail term

11:30 05 September 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A man who started a £40,000 blaze at a Suffolk garage out of a “misplaced sense of loyalty” to a relative who had a grievance with the business, has walked free from court.

Gavin Seager, 35, of Wilson Road, Hadleigh, admitted arson and was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work in the community.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that two VW Golf cars worth £20,000 each, which had been parked at Barnards VW garage in Station Road West, Stowmarket, were written off in the blaze and £1,875 damage was caused to a canopy on the building.

The blaze was started on November 13 by Seager out of a “misplaced sense of loyalty” to his brother-in-law who had “a beef” with Barnards about a problem with his car not being covered by a warranty, said Andrew Thompson, prosecuting.

One of the cars destroyed in the fire belonged to Seager’s brother-in-law. The fire was started on the same day he was told that serious damage to the engine, which had been caused by the fitting of a faulty non VW fuel filter by a previous owner, was not covered by a VW warranty.

Mr Thompson said there was no suggestion that Seager’s brother-in-law was in any way connected with the blaze.

Seager was arrested after police officers traced a van, used by the person who started the fire, back to him – and he made full admissions.

Seager was also ordered to pay costs of £1,200 and £1,875 compensation.

Sentencing him, Judge David Goodin said Seager, who has no previous convictions, had suffered from a significant series of depressive episodes.

“In these circumstances it wouldn’t be necessarily in the public interest to send you straight to prison,” said the judge.

“I have every reason to expect today will be the last day you walk through the door of a court,” he added.

Steven Dyble, for Seager, said his client had committed the offence out of a wholly misplaced loyalty to a family member.

He said Seager, who had had a career in motor racing until his early 30s, had suffered from prolonged depressive episodes in 2012 and had made several attempts to kill himself.

Mr Dyble said Seager had stupidly decided to intervene in a “completely unsophisticated way” after learning of his brother-in-law’s dispute with the garage.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Emergency services attended the scene.

One person has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash involving two vehicles in Hawthorn Drive this evening.

Police are appealing for help to trace Amelia Cook, who went missing from an address in Leiston

Amelia Cook, 16, who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well by police.

Police were called to the former A12 at Copdock.

Police were called after a car left the former A12 road at the bottom of Copdock Hill on Saturday morning.

Robert Kemp, 75, was walking along Melford Road in Newmarket when he collapsed. A lot of people, including bus drivers, stopped to help. But it was a young woman, named Jess Smith, who gave him CPR for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived. Robert pictured with friends and family.

A 75-year-old man from Stowmarket who was brought back to life after suffering a heart attack believes if he had collapsed anywhere else he may not be alive today.

A winning lottery ticket was bought in Colchester but the prize is yet to be claimed

The search is on for a mystery lottery ticket holder sitting on an unclaimed fortune somewhere in Colchester.

Jeremy Fournel at The Amber Shop in Southwold

Police are today hunting a pair of thieves who netted thousands of pounds worth of gems in a snatch-and-grab raid on a Suffolk jewellers.

Christchurch Land and Estates' proposed development of 560 homes, community centre, extra care/assisted living facility, play areas, village green, shops and employment centre off Gulpher Road,. Felixstowe.

A community leader has made an impassioned plea for a precious area of countryside where 560 homes could be built to be saved from the developers’ bulldozers.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24