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Man Sets Fire to Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables in Revenge Attack

In a disturbing act of vengeance, an “obsessed” arsonist set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s stables, causing significant damage and leaving the victim in a state of fear and distress.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

Paul Goodwin, hailing from Dover, orchestrated the arson at stables located off The Street in Worth, near Deal, on October 29 last year. Using petrol as his weapon, Goodwin ignited the blaze shortly after 5:30 pm, leading to a tumultuous scene as firefighters worked to contain the inferno.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

Although no animals were harmed in the blaze, the stable owner, who had previously been romantically involved with Goodwin, was traumatised by the incident. She expressed profound distress and fear, suspecting that Goodwin targeted the stables under the false belief that she was present at the time.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

Man Sets Fire To Ex-girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

Court proceedings revealed Goodwin’s troubling obsession with the victim following their breakup. He bombarded her with abusive messages and, chillingly, issued threats just days before the arson, specifically referencing harm to horses. This premeditated act of destruction resulted in extensive damage, with property worth £10,000 destroyed, including essential equipment and sentimental belongings accumulated over the years.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

Kent Fire and Rescue Service, responding swiftly to the blaze, found evidence of an accelerant used intentionally to fuel the fire. CCTV footage and forensic investigation led to Goodwin’s arrest, despite his initial denial of the charges.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

During sentencing at Canterbury Crown Court, Goodwin was condemned for his calculated act of revenge. The judge highlighted the potential harm posed not only to property but also to lives, emphasizing the deliberate intent to inflict psychological distress on the victim.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

While Goodwin’s defence cited mental health struggles as a mitigating factor, the severity of his actions could not be understated. Sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, Goodwin was also subjected to an indefinite restraining order, barring him from any contact with the victim.

Man Sets Fire To Ex-Girlfriend’s Stables In Revenge Attack

Despite the significant emotional and financial toll on the victim, the court’s ability to award compensation was limited due to Goodwin’s lack of financial means. However, in a gesture of acknowledgement, the victim’s surcharge was redirected to her as a token of recognition for the trauma endured.

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