Man Jailed for Burning Down House

December 5, 2017



Levin man Douglas Niel Mackay, 46, has been sentenced to two years and nine months' jail for arson and obstructing police.


The court documents record Mackay as being the owner of the house he burned down on Morgan Cres, Levin.


Mackay’s flatmate says she heard him getting angry while on the phone, so went into the lounge to calm him down. She told him not to drink a bottle of alcohol that was in the lounge, as that would not help the situation, but Mackay got even angrier.


He grabbed a 4-litre bottle of solvent that was in the lounge and threatened to throw it in a neighbour's face, before throwing it at a gas heater that was on in the lounge. The force of his throw caused the bottle to break and the solvent to ignite.


Judge Jim Large says Mackay had suffered from mental health problems most of his life, which played a part in calculating the sentence.

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