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'Wicked' UK vet gets 7 years'

2012-04-30 20:37

London - A judge has sentenced a British army veteran to seven years in jail for crashing a fuel tanker into his estranged wife's house and setting the bungalow on fire.

Hugh Billington admitted driving the truck loaded with 2 000 litres of kerosene through the front of the house in Wool, southern England, on January 20.

After his wife fled, Billington poured kerosene around the house and tried to light it.

Billington pleaded guilty to arson, assault, dangerous driving and theft.

Defense lawyer Timothy Shorter said 51-year-old Billington had been an exemplary soldier but that "something snapped" after his 30-year marriage broke up.

Judge Roger Jarvis said Billington had been "wickedly irresponsible" and it was pure luck that no one had been hurt.

Comments
  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-30 21:37

    What I find shocking here as it's just explained by "something snapped"... I think we should be looking at PTSD or something here. This man needs help - not jail.

  • zaatheist - 2012-05-01 05:34

    Reading the headline I assumed it was a story about a veterinarian.

  • John - 2012-05-06 11:30

    "something snapped" - in other words he went loopy, mental, cuckoo, round the bend, lost his marbles, got the crazies, lost the plot....I guess “Anger is a wound gone mad.” Alas, call the little bald men in the white jackets - STAT!

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