Louth woman, 22, to be sentenced for arson following psychiatric report

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A Louth woman who set fire to a roll of carpet during a violent assault will be sentenced after a judge requested a psychiatric report.

Leanne Grantham, 22, left her victim “terrified” after grabbing the woman around her throat and also biting her finger, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

The incident happened after Grantham forced her way in to a court yard and confronted the woman in a toilet block, the court was told.

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said at one point Grantham produced a lighter and set fire to a roll of carpet in the toilet. She then warned her victim: “I’ll leave you to burn in there.”

The woman managed to escape and later complained of being squeezed around her throat on two occasions and bitten on left finger and shoulder.

She attended Louth Hospital where her injuries included soft tissue damage to her throat, cuts and bruises, and a bump on her head.

In a victim impact statement which was read out in court the woman said she could not stop shaking for days and did not leave the house for over a week after the assault.

Grantham, of St Bernard’s Avenue, Louth, was due to be sentenced after she admitted two charges of arson and assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the incident on April 18 this year.

But Judge Michael Heath told Grantham that in cases of arson he could not sentence her until a psychiatric report had been carried out.

Grantham was granted bail on condition that she does not contact her victim and will be sentenced at a later date.