Wiltshire

Life sentence for Swindon house fire murderer

Patricia Hindle of Crombey Street, Swindon Image copyright Wiltshire Police
Image caption The judge said Patricia Hindle must serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars

A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man by setting a house on fire and locking him inside.

Michael Redpath, 62, was pulled from the house in Albion Street, Swindon, but died in hospital from burns and the effects of breathing in smoke.

Patricia Louise Hindle, 31, of Crombey Street, Swindon, was told by the judge at Winchester Crown Court she must serve a minimum of 20 years in jail.

The fatal fatal attack happened in September 2014.

Speaking after the conviction, Supt Sean Memory from Wiltshire Police said Mr Redpath's final moments "must have been terrifying".

He described how Hindle "ran away from the scene and made attempts to cover up her crime by disposing of his keys and bank cards".

Image caption Michael Redpath died as a result of smoke inhalation and burn injuries

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