Mother set fire to sock and put it in former lover’s camper van

Court News
Court News

A single mother of five, who had been in a relationship with her next door neighbour, took her revenge on him by putting a lighted sock in his camper van and smashing windows when she realised he was seeing his former partner.

Hollie Keogh, 29, of Rossington Close, Sutton on Sea, admitted arson when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday).

The court was told that at 6.45pm on April 25, Keogh, who was said to have been in a relationship with her next door neighbour Terry Coates for a year, took a hammer whilst heavily in drink and smashed windows in his camper van which was parked in the road outside her house.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told the magistrates that she then set fire to a sock and put it on the driver’s seat, causing some damage to the seat.

When she was arrested, she told police that she had been in a relationship with Mr Coates for a year and she had found out he had been seeing his former partner.

She told them she drank several cans of lager and had then smashed windows on his camper van and then set fire to the sock and put it on the seat, but had no intention to burn down the whole van.

Mitigating, Nicholas Alderson said Keogh was a single mother of five and of previous good character.

He said her emotional turmoil at the break up had been made worse as she said that she was pregnant.

The magistrates adjourned the case for sentence on June 9 and called for a report from the Probation Service.

She was granted conditional bail.