Arsonist father caged for eight years

A FATHER who torched the home of his estranged wife and two daughters after sabotaging their smoke detector has been jailed for eight years.Trevor Denny, 35, of Stowmarket Road, Needham Market, was found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life following the incident on February 16.

A FATHER who torched the home of his estranged wife and two daughters after sabotaging their smoke detector has been jailed for eight years.

Trevor Denny, 35, of Stowmarket Road, Needham Market, was found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life following the incident on February 16.

He started the blaze at the home of his estranged wife Julie and their two children Maisie, three, and Isabel, one, in Rectory Road, Ipswich.

The family had to be freed from their home by fire fighters.


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Denny denied the charge but was found guilty in July by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court. The sentence was postponed for a psychiatric report but that report found no evidence of any mental health problems.

Sentencing Denny at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday Judge John Devaux said the fire was an act of revenge.

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He said: “The most recent meeting with your wife had not ended well. She I think felt ashamed of something she had done.

“The meeting ended with you threatening her and you left feeling aggrieved and vengeful. There was a dispute over the matrimonial home and possibly some jealousy on your part about a boyfriend she had or had had.

“You rendered the smoke detector useless and present in the house was your wife and two children aged three and a half and 13 months. They eventually escaped on a ladder.

“The fire could easily have resulted in the death of one or more of the occupants. This was a very serious case indeed.”

Julie Denny, the defendant's wife today said her eldest daughter was still having nightmares because of the incident.

She said: “I don't know how I feel about the whole thing, I'm still shocked and I jump a lot. It is still causing me a few problems today.

“My eldest daughter misses him, she knows he has done something bad but I haven't' told her what. I'm still surprised by his actions. He hadn't done anything before.”

David Holborn mitigating on behalf of Denny, said there was very little he could say in his defence.

He argued that Denny was a man of previous good character and was unlikely to be a danger to the public on his release.

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