Woman admits setting fire to her house

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A Leighton Buzzard woman has pleaded guilty to setting fire to the house where she lived.

Yvonne Silvester, 55, had been due to stand trial at Luton Crown Court accused of starting the fire at the house in Meadow Way in the town

but, when the case was called on, her defence team asked for more time to take instructions.

As a result, Silvester appeared back in the dock later on Thursday afternoon to plead guilty to a charge of arson, being reckless as to

whether life was endangered.

The particulars of the charge read out by the court clerk said that on September 24 last year she had destroyed by fire a property and was reckless as to whether the life of Michael Morris would be endangered.

Silvester, who appeared in the dock in custody, had lived at the property concerned.

No details were given in court about the offence.

Judge Michael Kay QC adjourned the sentencing of Silvester for six weeks when the full facts behind the case will be outlined in court.

In the mean time she will remain in custody while a pre sentence report is prepared on her by the probation service.

She will also be seen by a psychiatrist, who will prepare an assessment of her for the court.

Sentencing is expected to take place in early April.