Dean and Melynda Thomas convicted of arson at The Tollhouse Inn pub in Lymington

Couple convicted of life-threatening arson

Dean and Melynda Thomas

Tollhouse Inn

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

A COUPLE have today been convicted of starting a life-threatening fire in their own Hampshire pub in an insurance scam.

Jurors at Southampton Crown Court unanimously convicted Dean and Melynda Thomas of arson after hearing they were thousands of pounds in debt because their business at The Tollhouse Inn in Lymington was struggling.

The pair had attempted to make the fire look like a malicious break-in and burglary, claiming nearly £3,000 cash had gone missing.

Jurors agreed with prosecution claims Dean Thomas, 42, started the blaze, which caused £100,000 worth of damage at the Southampton Road watering hole, in the early hours of the morning, while his step-daughter, her boyfriend and a cook were asleep upstairs.

Judge Peter Henry warned the former publican, who was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice, he is now facing a “lengthy” prison sentence.

Both Dean Thomas and 36-year-old Melynda Thomas, who was found guilty on the basis she knew about and aided the attempted insurance scam, were remanded in custody while reports are prepared ahead of sentencing in January.

During the trial, jurors were shown secretly-filmed footage of the couple arguing after searching a spot where police had earlier discovered a holdall containing petrol and clothes covered in fragments of glass from windows broken on the night of the blaze.

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2:38pm Thu 13 Dec 12

sammiee19 says...

They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!! sammiee19
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2:43pm Thu 13 Dec 12

verwoodsaint says...

Now lets hope they get the sentence they deserve !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now lets hope they get the sentence they deserve !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! verwoodsaint
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2:57pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Cyber__Fug says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
Is that what they told you or have you been in court listening to all of the evidence ?
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]Is that what they told you or have you been in court listening to all of the evidence ? Cyber__Fug
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3:00pm Thu 13 Dec 12

hulla baloo says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
And you know this because...........?
Did you go and offer them your services and knowledge as a defence witness?
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]And you know this because...........? Did you go and offer them your services and knowledge as a defence witness? hulla baloo
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3:21pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Graeme Harrison says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
So what if the police failed to mention it? Mel and Dean could have talked about it to their hearts content when they were giving evidence.
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]So what if the police failed to mention it? Mel and Dean could have talked about it to their hearts content when they were giving evidence. Graeme Harrison
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3:25pm Thu 13 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

"First rule of a pub insurance fraud.........blame it on the electrics"

Al Murray, Pub landlord
"First rule of a pub insurance fraud.........blame it on the electrics" Al Murray, Pub landlord sarfhamton
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3:50pm Thu 13 Dec 12

aPint4me says...

i am glad this is over.
The pub has now reopened with a young focussed team and a great menu!
I wish them every success.
i am glad this is over. The pub has now reopened with a young focussed team and a great menu! I wish them every success. aPint4me
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3:55pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Of the Ilk says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
The evidence presented by the prosecusion and the defence left the jury with no reasonable doubt that they did set the fire.
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]The evidence presented by the prosecusion and the defence left the jury with no reasonable doubt that they did set the fire. Of the Ilk
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4:11pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Over the Edge says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
What a load of BS,,,,,the film of them running around looking for the bag clothes (the police already had evidence of his involvement) is something to be seen, no woman of that size should wear lycra leggins,,,, hilariously funny,,,,I think the police should have given her an extra charge of wearing offensive clothing
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]What a load of BS,,,,,the film of them running around looking for the bag clothes (the police already had evidence of his involvement) is something to be seen, no woman of that size should wear lycra leggins,,,, hilariously funny,,,,I think the police should have given her an extra charge of wearing offensive clothing Over the Edge
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4:13pm Thu 13 Dec 12

solomum says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
It's not the Daily Echo readers that you need to convince, but the judge and jury. If they really did not do it, then I sincerely hope that the person responsible is found and brought to justice, but based on the evidence before the courts, it would appear that the judge and jury are sure that they did.
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]It's not the Daily Echo readers that you need to convince, but the judge and jury. If they really did not do it, then I sincerely hope that the person responsible is found and brought to justice, but based on the evidence before the courts, it would appear that the judge and jury are sure that they did. solomum
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4:18pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Over the Edge says...

solomum wrote:
sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
It's not the Daily Echo readers that you need to convince, but the judge and jury. If they really did not do it, then I sincerely hope that the person responsible is found and brought to justice, but based on the evidence before the courts, it would appear that the judge and jury are sure that they did.
Sorry to be pedantic but the Judge doesn't decide guilt, he presides to see that the evidence is given in line with the law and then pass sentence.

They're as guilty as sin, the evidence was there for all to witness.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]It's not the Daily Echo readers that you need to convince, but the judge and jury. If they really did not do it, then I sincerely hope that the person responsible is found and brought to justice, but based on the evidence before the courts, it would appear that the judge and jury are sure that they did.[/p][/quote]Sorry to be pedantic but the Judge doesn't decide guilt, he presides to see that the evidence is given in line with the law and then pass sentence. They're as guilty as sin, the evidence was there for all to witness. Over the Edge
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5:54pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Hdg end mo says...

Over the Edge wrote:
solomum wrote:
sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
It's not the Daily Echo readers that you need to convince, but the judge and jury. If they really did not do it, then I sincerely hope that the person responsible is found and brought to justice, but based on the evidence before the courts, it would appear that the judge and jury are sure that they did.
Sorry to be pedantic but the Judge doesn't decide guilt, he presides to see that the evidence is given in line with the law and then pass sentence.

They're as guilty as sin, the evidence was there for all to witness.
Bang them up for being ugly
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]It's not the Daily Echo readers that you need to convince, but the judge and jury. If they really did not do it, then I sincerely hope that the person responsible is found and brought to justice, but based on the evidence before the courts, it would appear that the judge and jury are sure that they did.[/p][/quote]Sorry to be pedantic but the Judge doesn't decide guilt, he presides to see that the evidence is given in line with the law and then pass sentence. They're as guilty as sin, the evidence was there for all to witness.[/p][/quote]Bang them up for being ugly Hdg end mo
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9:00pm Thu 13 Dec 12

The Mad Dog says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
SO, what your saying is that a "3rd person" maybe stole Deans "garden clothes" then broke into the pub, stole a couple of grand that was lying around, set fire to the bar, got out, changed out of Deans "garden clothes" and which this "3rd person" then hid in a holdall in the garden.
What I am not sure about is how Dean & his 'lovely' wife knew where the holdall was and why they went looking for it and why they seem to get so upset when they cannot find it? (watch all of the video, its a laugh)

I'm inclined to believe the story, as reported in the Echo by their Court Reporter (who would have actually been in Court and listening to all the evidence) and believe that the jury came to the correct decision. GUILTY!
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]SO, what your saying is that a "3rd person" maybe stole Deans "garden clothes" then broke into the pub, stole a couple of grand that was lying around, set fire to the bar, got out, changed out of Deans "garden clothes" and which this "3rd person" then hid in a holdall in the garden. What I am not sure about is how Dean & his 'lovely' wife knew where the holdall was and why they went looking for it and why they seem to get so upset when they cannot find it? (watch all of the video, its a laugh) I'm inclined to believe the story, as reported in the Echo by their Court Reporter (who would have actually been in Court and listening to all the evidence) and believe that the jury came to the correct decision. GUILTY! The Mad Dog
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4:34pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Pikey-Biker says...

sammiee19 wrote:
They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!!
well I think you find they did, why not come and reply on the recent forum on this topic
[quote][p][bold]sammiee19[/bold] wrote: They never did it!!! The police failed to mention that both doors where barricade for the outside! Dean had a stroke a few days before the fire affecting his right side! And there was a 3rd DNA profile on the deans garden clothes!!!! This is a case of 2 incent people wrongly accused!!! If they did do it then someone explain how dean managed to get set the fire, run outside get changed come back in and then baricade the door from the outside all before the fire alarm went off!!! Bare in mind he had a stroke days before!!! MEL AND DEAN DIDN'T DO THIS!!!!![/p][/quote]well I think you find they did, why not come and reply on the recent forum on this topic Pikey-Biker
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1:41pm Tue 8 Jan 13

mischeif98 says...

you all have your opinions but atleast have some respect for their family that read this.
you all have your opinions but atleast have some respect for their family that read this. mischeif98
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