Dean and Melynda Thomas jailed for arson at Tollhouse Inn in Lymington, Hampshire

Daily Echo: Dean and Melynda Thomas Dean and Melynda Thomas

A LANDLORD and his wife have been jailed for torching their own Hampshire pub.

Dean Thomas was jailed for six years for setting fire to the Tollhouse Inn in Lymington in the early hours after spreading petrol around the bar area and igniting it.

His wife Melynda, 36, was jailed for three years - reduced because of her lesser role in the incident - which had occurred while her teenage daughter, her boyfriend and a pub worker were asleep upstairs.

All the occupants had to escape from a first-floor hatch as the fire raged in the bar, causing £100,000-worth of damage at the Southampton Road pub.

The pair were last month found guilty by a Southampton Crown Court jury of arson being reckless as to endanger life.

Dean Thomas, 42, was also given a 12-month sentence for perverting the course of justice to run concurrent to his six-year sentence after he tried to pin the blame on his brother-in-law.

Jurors heard police found a holdall hidden behind a garage at the pub which contained petrol, gloves and clothes which had fragments of glass from windows smashed during the fire.

A secret camera set up by officers then showed the couple searching the area in which the bag was hidden before arguing, shortly after they had returned for the first time since the blaze.

Handing down the sentences to the pair Judge Peter Henry said: “I have no doubt that as part of that plan it was at the forefront of your mind to get everybody out safely but you had no idea how the fire would spread, how the thick the smoke would be.

“You put people's lives in danger.”

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5:44am Fri 4 Jan 13

SotonLad says...

Not that they have been found guilty isn't it time for the defence team to stop the lies and say something like "my client is devastated by the hurt he has caused and was caught in a whirlwind of debt which he couldn't get out of"....... and other pointless mitigation.
Not that they have been found guilty isn't it time for the defence team to stop the lies and say something like "my client is devastated by the hurt he has caused and was caught in a whirlwind of debt which he couldn't get out of"....... and other pointless mitigation. SotonLad
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6:46am Fri 4 Jan 13

Lockssmart says...

Lymington again! That place is worse than the I.O.W.
Lymington again! That place is worse than the I.O.W. Lockssmart
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7:26am Fri 4 Jan 13

Huey says...

you only have to look at her face to see how guilty she was.
you only have to look at her face to see how guilty she was. Huey
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7:36am Fri 4 Jan 13

Miss shorty says...

Good result, however I don't know what on earth is going on in lymington and area at the mo-gunman, assaults and now arson? Nice!!!
Good result, however I don't know what on earth is going on in lymington and area at the mo-gunman, assaults and now arson? Nice!!! Miss shorty
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8:24am Fri 4 Jan 13

Big Mac says...

Not just her liberty, she's had her teeth taken away too!
Not just her liberty, she's had her teeth taken away too! Big Mac
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10:57am Fri 4 Jan 13

hulla baloo says...

Where is Samiee19 now, see link from earlier echo story. No doubt his info will help them get their conviction overturned on appeal.
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Where is Samiee19 now, see link from earlier echo story. No doubt his info will help them get their conviction overturned on appeal. http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/crime/10 106775.Couple_convic ted_of_life_threaten ing_arson/ hulla baloo
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11:08am Fri 4 Jan 13

Just A Voice says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Where is Samiee19 now, see link from earlier echo story. No doubt his info will help them get their conviction overturned on appeal.
http://www.dailyecho

.co.uk/news/crime/10

106775.Couple_convic

ted_of_life_threaten

ing_arson/
HAHAHAHAHA I was waiting to hear from the one person on the planet who think's these were innocent,,,I remember reading her version,,,,thanks for the reminder of who she is,,, innocent my eye (or another body part)
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Where is Samiee19 now, see link from earlier echo story. No doubt his info will help them get their conviction overturned on appeal. http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/crime/10 106775.Couple_convic ted_of_life_threaten ing_arson/[/p][/quote]HAHAHAHAHA I was waiting to hear from the one person on the planet who think's these were innocent,,,I remember reading her version,,,,thanks for the reminder of who she is,,, innocent my eye (or another body part) Just A Voice
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1:40pm Fri 4 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

Should have been charged with attempted murder as well. What a couple of numpties.
Should have been charged with attempted murder as well. What a couple of numpties. bazzeroz
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3:33pm Fri 4 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Lymington again! That place is worse than the I.O.W.
Come on, most of Hampshire is a pile of toss
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Lymington again! That place is worse than the I.O.W.[/p][/quote]Come on, most of Hampshire is a pile of toss kingnotail
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7:10pm Fri 4 Jan 13

richieroo says...

Huey wrote:
you only have to look at her face to see how guilty she was.
I'd rather not, it might give me nightmares lol!.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: you only have to look at her face to see how guilty she was.[/p][/quote]I'd rather not, it might give me nightmares lol!. richieroo
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9:56pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

kingnotail wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Lymington again! That place is worse than the I.O.W.
Come on, most of Hampshire is a pile of toss
No, Lymington is going through a tad of a storm at present.
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Lymington again! That place is worse than the I.O.W.[/p][/quote]Come on, most of Hampshire is a pile of toss[/p][/quote]No, Lymington is going through a tad of a storm at present. Sir Ad E Noid
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1:34pm Tue 8 Jan 13

mischeif98 says...

wow people really have nothing better to do so they **** on a site all day
wow people really have nothing better to do so they **** on a site all day mischeif98
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1:59pm Tue 8 Jan 13

porabbinut says...

how can you judge someone you dont no from some biased reporter, seems kind of petty to me. look at yourself in the mirror im sure you wouldnt want to be judged either!!
how can you judge someone you dont no from some biased reporter, seems kind of petty to me. look at yourself in the mirror im sure you wouldnt want to be judged either!! porabbinut
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2:00pm Tue 8 Jan 13

porabbinut says...

and also think about there kids they dont deserve to hear your opinions of there parents
and also think about there kids they dont deserve to hear your opinions of there parents porabbinut
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