Local News & Archive — December 3, 2016 at 8:30 am — Updated: December 3, 2016 at 8:30 am

Businessman faces Prestatyn arson trial



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

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