Man serves time after setting house on fire

LIGHTING a house on fire and causing $205,000 damage is a debt Travis Glover is unlikely to ever be able to pay.

Entering a timely plea of guilty in Gladstone District court on Thursday, Glover was sentenced to three years imprisonment, with a parole release date set for September 19.

Around midnight on November 21, 2013, at a property in New Auckland, Glover was observed by neighbours kicking out the security screen of a house consumed by flames, before jumping to safety.

It took firefighters 15 minutes to gain control of the blaze, and an hour to extinguish the fire.

The severe damage was illustrated to the court through six photographs tendered during the sentencing process.

Upon Glover's arrest shortly after the incident, police took the offender to Gladstone watchhouse, where he was observed to be consuming his own faeces and urine.

Defence barrister Tom Polley submitted that his client had been adversely affected by drugs at the time of the offence.

Mental illness as a result of prolific drug abuse was viewed by Judge David Reid as the reasoning behind the crime.

"I have no doubt if you stay off drugs, you will not reoffend," Judge Reid told Glover.

The fire was believed to have started after Glover placed several matches in the household's toaster.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Topics:  arson crime gladstone district court new auckland

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