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Judge hands down sentence on travel agency arsonist

January 31, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A judge in Adelaide yesterday handed down sentence on Samuel Patton, 58, the man who set fire to Inflight Travel in the city in the early hours of 27 September 2017, burning it to the ground.

Patton started the blaze at his ex-partner’s travel agency four months after their relationship ended. Patton’s former girlfriend Rosalie Stott owned the agency. See: Adelaide man burned down ex-lover’s travel agency.

Yesterday, District Court Judge Gordon Barrett sentenced Patton to be imprisoned for four years and 10 months.

Patton had claimed to be the “brains behind the success” of the travel agency, the court heard. But ABC News yesterday quoted Judge Barrett telling Patton: “Your version and her [Stott’s] version of your contribution to that business differ widely. Her account is that your contribution was nowhere near that great.”

The court also heard that police had investigated stalking claims against Patton and he had allegedly lit a small fire at the front of Stott’s home.

Judge Barrett said Patton’s actions in setting fire to his former partner’s business were “calculated, premeditated and vindictive”.

The judge imposed a non-parole term of two years and five months.

Written by Peter Needham

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