Still no sentence for Tingley gas blast man

The gas explosion happened at the Tingley bungalow. (D532A421)
The gas explosion happened at the Tingley bungalow. (D532A421)
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A man who caused a gas explosion in a Tingley bungalow will have to wait at least another month to be sentenced.

A man who caused a gas explosion in a Tingley bungalow will have to wait at least another month to be sentenced.

Richard Dickenson, 46, had pleaded guilty to arson on a one-bed bungalow in The Crescent back in June, but judge Sally Cahill QC warned yesterday that much more needed to be found out about the case before she could sentence him.

She wanted to know more about how much petrol was used in the fire, as well as whether there were only one or two explosions in the house. She also requested a statement from Dickenson outlining his version of events by the end of the week.

Judge Cahill said: “This is a fire which had potentially very serious consequences.”

She listed the case for further mention on October 8, to groans from disgruntled onlookers in the public gallery.

The incident took place on May 28 this year, when an explosion ripped through the house. Dickenson was treated for smoke inhalation, while neighbours had to be evacuated.