Scorned woman tried burning down her dates home – but got the wrong house

A fuming woman attempted to burn down her date's home, but ended up torching the wrong house to the ground with a fiery rag.

Said rag had been pushed through the letterbox by Janie Ann Peckitt, who believed she was posting the offending item to a man she had been dating.

Instead, the rag ended up burning down the house of an elderly pensioner who relied on a mobility scooter, with 57-year-old Peckitt pushing through a rag soaked in inflammable fuel, GrimsbyLive reported.

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Peckitt's actions have since caused thousands of pounds in damage, but thankfully the elderly pensioner managed to escape the burning residency on Macaulay Way, Grimsby, without injuries.

She has since admitted arson with intent to endanger life and the assault of an emergency worker, and found herself sentenced to six years in prison for the attack and for spitting in the face of an officer.

The arson attack against a man she had met on "a couple of occasions" came after Peckitt believed her date had "let her down".

Prosecuting David Hall said: "Ms Peckitt was jealous because of his conduct and did some digging to find out where he lives and went, armed with accelerants, and put them through his letterbox – but got the wrong house.

"It was an old man with limited mobility. The way she armed herself with an accelerant, a rag and a lighter – she had a clear intention that he should suffer harm."

Mitigating Craig Lowe said Peckitt suffered from a complex case of PTSD, and added: "There was no damage caused to anyone physically. Because of her mental health difficulties she is more likely to act in an impulsive manner.

"She has had 25 years of mental health problems. She felt the man let her down."

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In sentencing, Judge John Thackray KC said: "You had known your intended victim for a very short period. It was an extraordinary reaction after such a limited interaction. These courts are well familiar with the horrific consequences of those who set fires.

"Fires quickly take hold, lives are easily endangered and lives are lost, and that could have so easily happened here – not to your intended victim, because you were given the wrong address – a man with significant mobility difficulties.

"It was only by pure chance that he had not properly moved into the property and was in the process of moving in his possessions.

"Had your offence taken place a week or two later, you could so easily have been sat in that dock being sentenced for murder and facing a life sentence."

Peckitt, who was sentenced to six years in prison, will have to serve half before being considered for release on licence.

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