Dukinfield attempted murder accused – pleads guilty to lesser charge.
Wednesday 15th February 2017 10:30 Community Dukinfield News Posted by Nigel P.

The burnt out flat on Peel Terrace, charred brickwork marks the spot

Jason Richmond pleaded guilty to a charge of arson with intent to endanger life at a flat in Dukinfield at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court recently.

Richmond 45, went to trial on January  31st originally accused of attempted murder, but the prosecution offered no evidence in relation to that charge and applied to the court to prosecute the lesser charge of ‘arson with intent to endanger life’ to which Richmond pleaded guilty.

The charge relates to an arson attack on a property on Peel Terrace in Dukinfield in the early hours of Sunday morning last year (21 August, 2016).

Despite serious damage to the 1st floor apartment, the occupants of the first floor flat, a man and woman, managed to escape the 5 am blaze without injury.

An investigation into the cause of the fire was carried out jointly by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the Police and it is believed inflamable liquids were used to start the fire.

Richmond was arrested shortly after the incident and has remained in custody until his court hearing, sentencing  has been adjourned until 31st of March 2017.