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Man jailed for arson threat at house.

A MAN who threatened to burn down his house after an argument with his wife has been jailed for 12 months.

David Smith's wife, who Liverpool Crown Court heard was standing by him, broke down in tears in the public gallery as he was led to the cells.

Jailing Smith, 44, Judge David Lynch said it was a serious offence and the children in the house had been distressed.

Judge Lynch said: "You caused them terror because you had had too much to drink. The court cannot overlook offences such as this." He accepted that Smith had not intended to burn down the house, but the people in the house and his neighbour thought that was what was going to happen.

Smith, of Quarry Avenue, Bebington, denied threatening to destroy property by fire, but pleaded guilty to affray.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2002
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