Woman set fire to her partner’s clothing

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A drunken woman involved in a stormy relationship set fire to her partner’s clothes after a row, a court heard.

Police were called to Errol Fanty’s home on Fife Way, Wincobank, Sheffield, after he claimed 48-year-old Sandra Leggott had trashed his flat.

But officers smelt smoke and found a fire smouldering in a wardrobe. After opening the door, smoke filled the hallway, the fire alarm went off and other residents in the block of flats had to be evacuated.

Firefighters found the fire had been started deliberately with paper and clothes, said Bev Tait, prosecuting.

Leggott, of Manor Park Crescent, Manor Park, was later arrested at her own home.

She initially said she knew nothing about the fire but claimed she had been regularly subject to domestic violence by Mr Fanty.

Leggott later admitted arson. Robert Smith, defending, said Mr Fanty had a criminal record and had been convicted of violence in the past. “Leggott has happily moved on in her life,” he told Sheffield Crown Court.

The judge gave Leggott a nine-month jail term suspended for a year. She will have to attend an alcohol treatment programme.