Labourer to be sentenced for killing young jockeys in fire
Published 10/12/2010 | 09:48
A labourer will be sentenced today for killing two promising young jockeys when he torched a block of flats in a drunken revenge attack.
Peter Brown started the fire after being refused entry to a party at flats in Norton, North Yorkshire, in September last year.
The blaze ripped through the block killing Jamie Kyne, 18, from Kiltrogue, Co Galway and Jan Wilson, 19, from Forfar, Scotland.
Brown, 37, of Brotherton, North Yorkshire, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
He was also acquitted of arson with intent to endanger life.
Brown, who chose not to give evidence at his trial, started the fire when he lit rubbish in the communal entrance to the Buckrose Court flats in Norton on September 5, 2009.
The court was told the father-of-one, who lived in a neighbouring block and was a former caretaker for the complex, started the fire as an act of revenge after he was refused entry to a party in one of the flats.
The jury heard he had a "prickly" relationship with the women who lived in the flat where the party was taking place.
Miss Wilson and Mr Kyne were in the flat above - a property which was rented by Mr Kyne and Ian Brennan, Miss Wilson's boyfriend.
The court was told a drunken Brown used white spirit to set light to rubbish in the stairwell after he returned from drinking in local pubs in the early hours.
The fire quickly took hold as the stairwell acted like a chimney.
The fire forced many of the occupants to jump from the building or climb down drainpipes. Miss Wilson and Mr Kyne were trapped in the top-floor flat.
Brown will be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.