A Gloucestershire businessman will go on trial next year despite pleading guilty to an arson attack in Prestatyn.
Richard Pentraeth (63) admitted starting a fire at a flat on Victoria Road in October – but the 63 year-old from Bishop’s Gate in Lydney denied intending to endanger life.
He has also been accused of attempting to seek revenge on a witness who gave evidence against him over allegations of rape and indecent assault. Prosecutors claim Pentraeth believed the witness lived at the flat where the arson attack took place – but he got the wrong address.
Pentraeth, who appeared at Mold Crown Court via videolink from HMP Altcourse, went on the run for over a fortnight after the attack before he was tracked down at a house in Gloucester.
He was remanded in custody until next May – the trial is expected to last two days.
Source: Daily Post