Jury finds mum guilty of arson in fire trial

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A MUM has been convicted of arson after her house went up in flames.

Theresa Frost, 47, was found guilty by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court of deliberately setting fire to her home.

The jury found her not guilty of starting a fire with intent to endanger life following the week-long trial.

But Frost was found guilty of the charge of arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The court had heard that she and her partner, Gary Brushwood, had had an argument before the fire on February 23.
Emergency services were confronted by black smoke along Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, as they arrived at the burning terrace at about 3am.

Frost had to be carried out of the fire by her partner and a police officer after she refused to leave. She will be sentenced on September 26.