Man jailed for four years and three months following arson in Swindon

By Jamie Hill - 11 February 2020

Crime

A man has been jailed for more than four years after he set fire to a house in Swindon.

David Jack, 33, previously of Eddleston Road, pleaded guilty to arson and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court today to four years and three months in jail (10/02).

Shortly before 4am on October 19, police were called to a report that a man had set fire to a front door of a flat in Eddleston Road. 

When officers arrived, the fire service had extinguished the blaze. Jack was located nearby and arrested. 

He was found in possession of a number of tools including an axe.

Det Sgt Scott Anger said: “Jack set fire to the address following a neighbourly dispute – his actions could have had really serious consequences and I am pleased that this dangerous act has resulted in a custodial sentence. 

“The swift response from the fire service meant that the fire was managed before it escalated further – Jack's dangerous actions have risked the lives of the family living in the flat who were extremely fortunate to escape without serious harm or injury.”

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