‘Fire obsessed’ thug killed OAP after setting fire to his mobility scooter

An arsonist "obsessed with fire" who killed a pensioner has been jailed for more than 13 years.

Richard Newing, 43, set a mobility scooter alight outside Malcolm Turner's home in Foleshill, Coventry.

The flames quickly spread to Mr Turner's home which became wrapped in a ferocious blaze and trapped the pensioner inside, unable to escape.

His property was filled with smoke, with the force of the flames blowing out the windows, Coventry Live reports.

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

Fire crews were quick to attend, however due to the ferocity of the blaze, Mr Turner sadly died at the scene.

He was pronounced dead as a result of smoke inhalation in the early hours of August 20, 2019.

Newing was arrested two days later after a police hunt ensued and a massive CCTV trawl was able to place him at the scene.

He was caught on CCTV only moments later on Foleshill Road, where he was captured igniting a mattress on the front drive of another house.

The property instantly lit up in flames, but fortunately the occupants were able to escape via a back exit.

In February 2020 Mr Newing appeared at Warwick Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He was sentenced on Friday where he was given an extended prison sentence which includes a jail term of 13-and-a-half years.

When Newing admitted his guilt last year, the heartbroken family of Malcolm Turner told his killer that they hope what he did "haunts you until the end of your days".

In an emotional statement aimed directly at Newing and read out in court, the pensioner's sister said: “Malcolm was our brother and our lives have changed forever, due to your (Newing's) actions.

“We had the privilege of him being a much-loved son, brother, uncle, husband and father before he was so senselessly and cruelly taken from us and there will always be an emptiness inside of us due to his death at the hands of you, Richard Newing.

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“We, as a family, truly hope that each day you are locked up, you think of our brother and what you did, and that you see our brother’s face each time you light a match or see a flame and realise the pain and heartbreak that you have caused us.

“We can at least have the knowledge that whilst you are locked away, and I hope that is for a very long time, that you cannot put any other family through what you have put us through, and that this haunts you until the end of your days."

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from West Midlands Police, previously said: “I am very pleased that Newing has recognised what he has done and saved Malcolm’s family 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 also find some comfort knowing Newing will now face time in prison.

“I hope this case outlines the seriousness of starting fires and how quickly they can spread and devastate lives."

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