A woman who paid three youths £10 to torch her neighbour’s trampoline was sentenced to a community order after a court heard she acted in a “moment of madness.”
Jane Oakley, 49, gave the trio a Lambrini bottle – which she had filled with white spirit – and asked them to burn the £200 trampoline in neighbour Joanne Fisher’s back garden in Chequers Close, Chequerfield, Pontefract.
Magistrates at Wakefield heard Oakley also gave the youths a piece of lit cardboard before asking them to set fire to the trampoline – which was destroyed in the blaze on February 7.
Prosecutor Amanda Harris said Oakley had been involved in a dispute with her neighbour after making unfounded allegations that Joanne Fisher’s partner had harmed Oakley’s pets.
Oakley, who has no previous convictions, had admitted arson at a previous hearing.
Stephen Swan, mitigating, told the court Oakley has mental health issues and an alcohol problem and said the incident arose out of a minor dispute between neighbours which had escalated, adding: “This was a moment of madness and something which she genuinely and deeply regrets. There have been no further difficulties since that time. She feels ashamed of her involvement in this matter.”
The court previously heard police issued the three youths with reprimands for arson.
Bench chairman John Myers sentenced Oakley to a nine-month community order with supervision and an alcohol treatment order. Oakley must pay Joanne Fisher £200 compensation plus £60 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.
Mr Myers told Oakley: “I know you understand this is a serious offence and clearly not one that has formed any part of your life in the past. The bench expects it won’t form any part of your life in the future.”