04:03AM, Friday 13 September 2013
A 68-year-old man found guilty of starting three deliberate fires in his own street in Maidenhead was jailed for seven years today.
Malcolm Simpson appeared at Reading Crown Court for sentencing, having been convicted on June 3 of three counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
The charges relate to two house fires and a truck fire in Lancaster Road between October 2011 and October last year. Simpson stood trial in May.
At the hearing this afternoon, Judge John Reddihough noted that no-one was hurt during any of the fires.
But he said: "Only a substantial custodial sentence is appropriate for such serious, calculated and potentially life-threatening behaviour."
He sentenced Simpson to seven years in prison for each count, to run concurrently - meaning an overall total of seven years, minus 53 days spent under an electronic curfew. He is expected to serve half the sentence.
Simpson was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victims of the fires.
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Read previous reports from the case below.
Update 5 - Simpson trial: Jury considers its verdicts
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