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Curfew after man started fire at father's Musselburgh factory

A company director who started a fire at his father's factory - causing more than £200,000 of damage - has been given a restriction of liberty order.

Edgar Colliander, 35, from Edinburgh, previously admitted wilfully setting fire to cardboard at Sunrite Blinds at Newhailes Industrial Estate, Musselburgh, in January last year.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard it was set up by Colliander's father in 1979.

Colliander was placed on a restriction of liberty order for nine months.

It confines him to his home between 20:00 and 06:00 every day.

Defence solicitor David Hunter told the court that shortly after the fire the company went into administration.

The solicitor said the company had been trading quite successfully and was making a profit.

'Strange case'

He said the a psychological report commented on "a lack of memory" by Colliander.

"He had been working extremely long hours every day of the week" he said.

Sheriff Crowe said he found the remark about lack of memory "quite surprising" and added: "He must put his hands up and surrender that his actions brought an end to the family business".

Mr Hunter said the father, family members and business associates were all supportive of his client.

Sheriff Crowe told Colliander: "This is a very strange case. You pled guilty to deliberately setting a fire which destroyed your family business and put colleagues out of work.

"You co-operated with the police, giving them a video and you were surprised to see it was you that started the fire.

"You were working long hours, but no more than other people in business. There was no suggestion you did this while sleep-walking".

The cost of the blaze to insurers was £237,764.

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