South Scotland

Locharbriggs block of flats blaze duo jailed

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption The pair had denied committing the offence throughout their trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court

Two men who set fire to a pile of papers in a block of flats in south west Scotland have been jailed for three years each.

The blaze at Burntscarthgreen in Locharbriggs near Dumfries caused damage costing about £10,000 to repair.

Peter Murray, 23, and Terence Taylor, 22, had both denied starting the fire but were found guilty by a jury.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross said there were people in the flats and the potential for injury had been "considerable".

Murray, who is currently serving a 34-month jail term, and Taylor, of Lockerbie Road, Dumfries, were both found guilty at Dumfries Sheriff Court of committing the offence in March this year.

They had maintained pleas of not guilty throughout a three-day trial with Murray lodging a special defence of alibi, while Taylor had claimed incrimination.

Sheriff Ross said that in Taylor's case the three-year sentence should start immediately.

However, he said Murray had shown a "belligerent attitude" and his sentence would run from the end of his current jail term - which had an earliest release date of October next year.

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