Worthing woman sentenced for string of arson attacks

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A WOMAN has been given an indeterminate jail sentence for committing a string of arson attacks in Worthing.

Carla Kimber, 31, of no fixed address, appeared at Chichester Crown Court on Friday (January 14) for sentence.

She had pleaded guilty on April 29 last year to three charges of arson with intent to endanger life and four cases of arson.

Kimber asked for 10 other cases of arson to be taken into account when she was sentenced. The offences all took place in 2009.

Judge Ackner sentenced Kimber to an indeterminate jail sentence with a minimum tariff of four years.

After the case Detective Sergeant Mark Williams said: “Kimber’s fascination with fire not only caused a significant amount of damage and distress but it was only through extreme good fortune that no serious injury or loss of life resulted from her actions. The sentence passed by the judge reflects the ongoing risk posed by Kimber and highlights the seriousness with which the courts take offences of this nature.”

Kimber’s crimes included setting fire to a homeless woman’s belongings while she slept, and setting light to wheelie bins which spread to a couple’s home while they were asleep.

To read the full story, with background information, see the Thursday, January 20 edition of the Worthing Herald.

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