Norfolk

Justin Hindry sentenced to six years for setting fire to business

  • 3 September 2014
  • From the section Norfolk
The scene of the fire
Justin Hindry was found guilty of insurance fraud and arson by a jury at Norwich Crown Court

A man who set fire to his family business as part of an insurance scam has been jailed for six years for arson and fraud.

The Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre was destroyed by fire in June 2012.

Justin Hindry, 41, of Manor Farm Close, in Drayton, was found guilty of insurance fraud and arson by a jury at Norwich Crown Court on 4 August.

He was jailed for six years for arson and six for fraud to be served concurrently.

Justin Hindry
The court heard that Hindry was a man of previous good character

The business employed nine staff who were subsequently made redundant.

Hindry denied two further counts of arson and fraud relating to a fire at Haven Seashore Holiday Park at Yarmouth in November 2011. He was cleared of both charges.

The court heard that Hindry was a man of previous good character and had a new wife and young children.

Judge Moore acknowledged Hindry had received nothing from the fraud and would not have been entitled to all the money the business was worth.

Det Sgt Darren Reade, of Norfolk Police, said: "Justin Hindry thought to con emergency services, detectives and his insurance company by setting fire to his struggling business to make money out of the claim.

"He also deceived his own staff, many of whom had supported him throughout the investigation. His complete disregard for the law and the danger it placed others in is shocking and his conviction will serve as a warning to others who are considering making money in this way."

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