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An arsonist who killed a retiree by setting his electric scooter on fire outside his home has been jailed for 13 and a half years.

Malcolm Turner, 69, was dragged from his duplex after emergency services were called to Jenner Street, in Foleshill, Coventry, at 4.25 a.m. on August 20, 2019.

He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of smoke inhalation despite the best efforts of doctors.

Richard Newing, 43, admitted to murder and arson with the intent to endanger his life when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court last February.

Yesterday he was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and six years for arson simultaneously.

Richard Newing 43, killed Malcolm Turner  69, at his home in Foleshill

The court heard Turner, who was ‘obsessed with fire’, place a piece of paper on top of Mr. Turner’s mobility scooter before setting fire to it outside his home.

The flames quickly blew out the windows and spread into the house, trapping Mr. Turner inside, who was overtaken by the fumes.

Turner, who relied heavily on his scooter, was unable to leave the building as the fire started at the only exit from his home.

The flames quickly blew out the windows and spread into the house, trapping Mr. Turner inside, who was overtaken by the +4 fumes.
The flames quickly blew out the windows and spread into the house, trapping Mr. Turner inside, who was overtaken by the fumes.

Moments later, Newing was caught on CCTV on nearby Foleshill Road, where he was caught lighting a mattress in the driveway of another home.

The property was instantly set on fire, but fortunately the occupants were able to escape through a rear exit.

Although the motive for the attacks is still unclear, during the police interview, Newing confessed to knowing Mr. Turner and they drank in the same pub.

In a statement on the victim’s impact read in court, Turner’s sister said: ‘Malcolm was our brother and our lives have been forever changed because of his actions.

“ We were privileged that he was a beloved son, brother, uncle, husband and father before he was taken from us so cruel and senseless and there will always be a void within us due to his death at your hands. . , Richard Newing.

‘We as a family really hope that every day that you are locked up, you think about our brother and what you did, and that you see our brother’s face every time you light a match or see a flame and realize the pain and The anguish. that you have caused us.

‘At least we can have the knowledge that while you are locked up, and I hope it will be for a long time, you cannot put any other family through what you have put us through, and that this haunts you until the end of your life. days.’

Warwick Crown Court heard Turner, who was ‘obsessed with fire

West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: “I am very happy that Newing has recognized what he has done and has saved Malcolm’s family from the trauma of a full trial.

Newing was clearly obsessed with fire and, tragically, the consequences of his actions led to Malcolm’s death.

“Although the residents of Foleshill Road were fortunate enough to survive the fire, their home and belongings were destroyed, so I hope they will also find some comfort in knowing that Newing will now face prison time.

“I hope this case describes the severity of starting fires and how quickly they can spread and devastate lives.”

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