Man committed arson after break-up
CARAVANS in Sproughton were torched and a woman was punched in a revenge attack following a relationship break up, a court heard.Elvis Presley Vickers turned himself in to police and confessed setting light to his girlfriend's caravan at Hope Farm Caravan Storage Field on April 19.
CARAVANS in Sproughton were torched and a woman was punched in a revenge attack following a relationship break up, a court heard.
Elvis Presley Vickers turned himself in to police and confessed setting light to his girlfriend's caravan at Hope Farm Caravan Storage Field on April 19.
Witnesses raised the alarm after seeing flames and hearing exploding gas cylinders.
Ipswich Crown Court heard that the fire spread to four other caravans, totally destroying three and causing more than £12,000 worth of damage.
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Vickers pleaded guilty to two charges of arson and admitted failing to surrender to custody.
Vickers, 24, of Bramford Road made his confession to police the day after he was arrested for committing common assault on his girlfriend, Jeanette Lamb.
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The court heard that Miss Lamb was punched in the head by Vickers because she wished to end their relationship.
Judge Peter De Mille said: "In your case the offence was aggravated because it was premeditated and committed for revenge because your relationship with your girlfriend had broken down."
Duncan O'Donnell, prosecuting said the elderly owners of the caravan storage facility aged in their 80s were "visibly shaken" by the blaze at the caravan park.
Vickers admitted that he had drunk lager and smoked cannabis before going to Miss Lamb's caravan, smashing the window setting light to the curtain and running away.
The court heard that Vickers, who has a criminal record for possessing an offensive weapon and theft, told police he left the area unaware of the extent of the blaze.
Alison Clare, mitigating said Vickers read about the damage in a newspaper and went to Ipswich Police Station to make a statement.
Ms Clare said the police did not have a "scrap of evidence" against Vickers before he made his confession.
She said Vickers had difficult past and needed help to control his anger.
Judge De Mille said: "Arson is a very serious offence and the starting point is always an immediate custodial sentence."
Vickers was sentenced lightly to reflect the "mitigating circumstances". He was jailed for a total of 15 months.