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Last refreshed at 17:21 04 September 2006
An 82-year-old lady set fire to her neighbour’s home after they fell out over a canine barking, a court heard today.
Elizabeth Sterland professedly pushed firelighters what’s more, paper through her neighbor Jennifer Ebsworth’s letterbox after she had gone away on holiday.
Mrs Sterland, of Kingston, Kingsbridge, Devon, is charged with causing harm by fire to a entryway what’s more, cover having a place to Mrs Ebsworth on Regal 27 last year.
At Plymouth Crown Court prosecutor Scratch Lewin opened the trial, clarifying that Mrs Ebsworth had composed to Mrs Sterland grumbling about the clamor her pooch had been making.
“This case concerns a breakdown in relationship between two neighbours,” he said.
“Mrs Ebsworth has composed to the respondent to grumble about the commotion of her dog.
“The case, essentially put, is that Mrs Sterland, knowing that Mrs Ebsworth was away, put firelighters through the entryway what’s more, set them on fire.
“She was seen doing this what’s more, lied in interview.
“It is to a great degree uncommon to have a woman in her 80s in Crown Court, yet it is clear that people, be that as it may old they are, can’t set fire to their neighbour’s house.”
Mr Lewin told the jury that Mrs Ebsworth’s son, Simon, moreover lives in Kingston what’s more, had gone to his mother’s home on Regal 27 to cut the garden for her.
He found fire harm at the entryway what’s more, consumed paper inside that had been pushed through the letterbox.
The court was told that afterward that evening, at around 9.30pm, Mrs Sterland was seen by a passer-by at the property putting paper through the letterbox what’s more, setting light to it.
Mrs Sterland was afterward captured what’s more, denied the offense completely.
Police found a bottle of lighter liquid that was almost exhaust at her home.
She told officers it was for a plant campfire that she had talked about with her gardeners, yet Mr Lewin told the court the plant specialists deny any such discussion took place.
The trial, which is anticipated to last four days, proceeds tomorrow at 10.30am.

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