Arsonist caused £50k damage – to his own home

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A LOVELORN man who set fire to his rented house causing up to £50,000 of damage, has been jailed for 32 months.

Kamil Krupa started the fire in the kitchen and then watched from the road as his neighbours fled their homes, Durham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Chris Baker said Krupa fell out with his partner in 2013.

He said: “In May of this year he began sending her text messages. These declared his love for her, and said how much he missed not being with her.

“The messages were not threatening, but they were in clear breach of a restraining order imposed the previous year.”

The court heard Krupa was living alone in Teasdale Terrace, Gilesegate, Durham City, when he piled furniture in the kitchen and set fire to it.

“He was seen outside the property when firefighters arrived to put out the fire,” said Mr Baker.

“It is a terraced house, and among those who had to be evacuated was a young boy in his night clothes.”

Krupa, 30, admitted three breaches of a restraining order, and arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

Ian West, defending, said: “This was a particular set of circumstances and I would suggest Mr Krupa does not present a general danger to the public.

“He turned to drink after the breakdown of his relationship, which caused his life to unravel.”

Jailing Krupa for 32 months, Judge Christopher Prince told him: “The fire caused £40-£50,000 of damage and caused your neighbours to be evacuated.

“Among those was a six-year-old boy.”