Kettering man who tried to set fire to ex-girlfriend’s house receives jail sentence

Raimondas Margaitis
Raimondas Margaitis

A Kettering man who attempted to set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s house by turning on all the electric hobs on a cooker, which had saucepans of chip fat on it, has been jailed.

Raimondas Margaitis, aged 25, of Havelock Street, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted arson.

The court heard Margaitis became aggressive towards his ex-girlfriend and her friend at their house in Wellingborough on February 13 after he drank a large quantity of vodka.

Ben Gow, prosecuting, said Margaitis tipped up a table and injured one of the women after he knocked her wrist against a door frame.

As a result of this incident, Margaitis was told not to come back to the address and his ex-girlfriend cut off communication with him.

But, during the next two days, Margaitis was spotted acting suspiciously near his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Mr Gow said a police officer was called out after he was seen “ducking behind cars” near the house.

The court heard a police officer attended the address and found the door open.

Mr Gow said: “He went into the kitchen and saw all four electric cooking rings were on with various saucepans containing chip fat and food on them.

“The oven was also on full power with the door open.”

The officer said smoke was coming from the cooker and the ex-girlfriend and her child were in the upstairs of the property at the time.

Margaitis was later arrested and was described by the officer as “very drunk.”

He later also pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary as he admitted taking a computer from the house after using a key he had kept to get in.

He was charged with two counts of assault in relation to the incident on February 13.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith, sentencing, said the consequences of Margaitis’s actions could “undoubtedly have been more severe.”

He sentenced Margaitis to 46 months in prison for the attempted arson charge, and one month, to be served consecutively, for a charge of assault.

He also received an eight-month prison sentence for the burglary charge, but this will be served concurrently with the other sentence.