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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Cumbrian arsonist barricaded house, set fire to cars on driveway

An arsonist barricaded the doors of a family’s home and torched three cars outside because there had been trouble between them and his elderly parents.

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Stephen Logan

Stephen Logan, 38, was jailed for five years after carrying out the revenge attack in Workington.

Logan, of Scaw Road, High Harrington, Workington, targeted three cars on Shore Road, Salterbeck, leading to the vehicles and two houses being damaged by flames.

Carlisle Crown Court heard he barricaded the doors at the home of the Shepherd family, who still managed to flee after being woken by an explosion.

The effect on David Shepherd, Catherine Malloy and Nathan Shepherd, who were in the house, had been “extremely traumatic”, the court was told.

Logan also let a friend take the blame for some time after the man was arrested and held in custody for more than a week.

The court heard pleas on behalf of Logan that he carried out the attack to frighten his parents’ neighbours, targeting their vehicles, not their home. Another neighbour’s vehicle was among the three damaged.

Logan admitted arson, being reckless to whether life would be endangered.

Jacob Dyer, prosecuting, said the attack was carried out in the early hours of a day in October last year.

He added the doors to the property were blocked and barricaded with pieces of wood.

“It is apparent that this defendant had fallen out with the Shepherd family,” said Mr Dyer.

The attack caused damage costing thousands of pounds.

Enquiries led police to Logan and he was arrested.

Philip Curran, in mitigation, said Logan had shown “genuine remorse”.

Mr Curran added: “He embarked on this incident simply to frighten the neighbours. This was an attack not on their home but on the vehicles outside.

“He tied the doors and put some wood there because he was worried and frightened that if the younger members came out he might be apprehended and was concerned for his safety.”

Judge Paul Batty QC passing sentence told Logan: “You quite deliberately, in the dead of night, set fire to three vehicles. One of the vehicles was parked right up alongside the end wall of that property.

“You did it in a pre-meditated act of revenge.”

Judge Batty said this revenge was because Logan perceived there was trouble between the Shepherd family and his elderly parents.

“The incident that was a trigger to the trouble was almost a year previous,” added Judge Batty.

“It had been about the playing of loud music. But the thing had bubbled on and this was the final result.”


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