An 18-year old by the name Sophie Stonehewer, has been spared jail term after setting her 43-year-old boyfriend’s house ablaze.
Sophie, was said to have set fire to a curtain in Steven Beddows’ house while he was in bed around 3.40am on February 1.
She then ran to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm when she couldn’t put out the fire herself and told them ‘he made me do it.’
According to Metro UK, Mr Beddows managed to put the fire out before any major damage was caused at his home in Offerton, Stockport, then refused to give statements about what had happened.
During the court the couple, it was learnt that the couple who are still together, had been arguing about their sex life before the fire was started.
Stonehewer’s defence barrister Robert Lancaster said:
“There was an argument between them it involved alcohol and sexual activity. “The argument was of some severity which left this defendant upset and angry, and in an emotive state.
It is right to say that that she was pushed in a very emotive way and she reacted to her partner in a way she had never done before and in a way that she is deeply sorry for.
“She tried to put the fire out with her hands but didn’t have much success. She ran to a neighbouring address to raise the alarm and that friend rang the fire service and the police. When they got there the fire had been put out by Mr Beddows.
“The defendant was in hysterics and she was deeply upset and deeply fearful of Mr Beddows reaction of what she had done. She accepts what she had done and then she became more hysterical when she was arrested and taken to the police station.”
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