Tuesday, 01 September 2015

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Drunken Carlisle man set fire to neighbour's car

A man who set fire to a neighbour’s car after getting drunk on cider at his local has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Andrew Irving was so inebriated that he could not remember smashing a window in Lee Sharp’s Volkswagen Golf.

Nor could he recall how or why, having got into the car, he set fire to the back seat.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Paul Batty QC said it was clear that the 49-year-old was so off his head he “didn’t know whether he was on foot or horseback”.

Irving, of Boundary Road, Currock, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to arson.

He was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid community work.

He was also put under probation supervision for two years and made to abide by a 7pm to 7am curfew to keep him indoors at home every night for the next four months.

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