Arsonist jaied for three years after torching neighbour’s car

Robert Beldon, 50, of Wakefield Road, Brighouse, jailed for three years for arson.
Robert Beldon, 50, of Wakefield Road, Brighouse, jailed for three years for arson.
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A man has been jailed for setting fire to his neighbour’s car after a row.

Robert Beldon, 50, of Blackburn Buildings, Wakefield Road, Brighouse, had been arguing with his neighbour for several days in March this year after firing an air rifle at his head.

However, the impasse came to a head when Beldon banged on the neighbour’s door causing minor damage on March 29, 2012.

He was then spotted making his way to a nearby petrol station with a jerry can in hand at around 7am that morning.

On his return Beldon torched the Peugeot car belonging to hisbeighbour as it sat in a yard at the back of the houses.

The police called and he was arrested and taken to the station where officers noted he seemed under the influence of drugs.

Beldon asked officers for a shower and broke the door of the shower unit off its hinges which resulted in a criminal damage charge against him alongside the arson charge.

Beldon pleaded guilty to both offences at an earlier hearing.

James Keeley, defending, said Beldon’s dog had died and that had a bad effect on him. He bought drugs, that he thought were amphetamine and made him behave in a strange way.

His honour Judge Jonathan Rose sentenced Beldon to three years in prison.