Arsonist’s attempt to burn church felt ‘good and exciting’

| May 12, 2011

A PHILOSOPHY student was jailed after attempting to burn down her parish church.

Six fires were started in the church, at the altar and in pews, by arsonist Rio Matchett, 19, of Field Lane, Wroot, near Scunthorpe.

At Grimsby Crown Court she was locked up for 27 months after admitting arson at St Pancras Church, Wroot on May 23 last year.

She broke into the church, where John Wesley once preached, and used teak oil and a lighter to get the fire going.

The Liverpool University student ignited the rope to the church bell, which is the second largest in the Lincoln Diocese.

She also set light to pews, the altar and a picture frame. Damage estimated at £25,872 was caused in the blaze.

Sentencing Matchett to prison, Judge Robert Moore said: "You planned for some time to burn down the local village church.

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